Jeremy Hunt narrowly retains Surrey seat by 900 votes

Jeremy Hunt has narrowly retained his seat in Surrey, defying predictions that he would become the first chancellor in history to lose his seat in a general election.

In a closely fought contest, Hunt won by just 891 votes, a stark contrast to earlier exit polls that had given him only a 19% chance of victory in the Godalming and Ash constituency. At 4:35 am, his Liberal Democrat opponent, Paul Follows, conceded defeat, much to the surprise of onlookers.

Following his win, Hunt returned to 11 Downing Street with his wife to pack up their belongings. In his victory speech, he extended his best wishes to Rachel Reeves, his successor as chancellor, and commended her and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer as “decent people.”

Addressing the significant losses faced by the Conservative Party, Hunt remarked, “Across the country, tonight is a bitter pill to swallow for the Conservative Party. Some Conservatives will wonder whether the scale of our crushing defeat is really justified. But when you lose the trust of the electorate, all that matters is having the courage and humility to ask yourself why, so that you can earn it back again.”

Hunt, 57, acknowledged the grueling nature of the campaign and vowed to his constituents, “I will not let you down.” He expressed gratitude to his wife, Lucia, highlighting her invaluable support during the campaign.

Despite the slim margin of his victory, Hunt’s success may bolster his prospects for a leadership bid. As a moderate, Hunt is likely to advocate for the Conservative Party to adopt a centrist stance and modernize, rather than shifting further to the right to appeal to Reform voters.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Most Popular

Your daily news source covering investing ideas, market stocks, business, retirement tips from Wall St. to Silicon Valley.

Disclaimer:, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively “The Company”) do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice.
The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2024 GroovyTrades. All Rights Reserved.

To Top