Sir Alan Haselhurst 'Delighted' with Saffron Walden result

CONSERVATIVE MP Sir Alan Haselhurst said he was delighted with his general election victory in Saffron Walden. His grip on the seat – which the Tories have held since 1945 – has tightened further with a majority of 15,225 (up on his 13,000 majority at t

CONSERVATIVE MP Sir Alan Haselhurst said he was "delighted" with his general election victory in Saffron Walden.

His grip on the seat - which the Tories have held since 1945 - has tightened further with a majority of 15,225 (up on his 13,000 majority at the last general election in 2005). Sir Alan said that the result was "higher than expected".

He added that he would be standing down from his position as deputy speaker of the House of Commons.

"Not being the deputy speaker will allow me to be more flexible and give me more time to spend in my constituency," he said.

Runner up, Liberal Democrat MP Peter Wilcock, said: "It's been a tough fight and I would have liked to get the magic 30 per cent, but it's a marginal improvement on last time.