Conservative candidate Grant Shapps arrives for election count

Tory candidate Grant Shapps has arrived at Campus West for the election count – following a marathon tour of the constituency.

Mr Shapps had decided to spend election day attempting to visit all 50 polling stations in Welwyn Hatfield – but just fell short, finally making 34 stops.

“It’s quite hard for a candidate to know what to do on Election Day,” Mr Shapps said.

“You’ve done all your door knocking and campaigning, so I just decided to go out and see how things were going.”

Having both won and lost an election in Welwyn Hatfield, Mr Shapps said he was taking nothing for granted.

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“Welwyn Hatfield is the kind of place where people vote for themselves,” he said.

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