The notorious 85-year-old MP Dennis Skinner, also known as the “Beast of Bolsover” for his outspoken behaviour in the House of Commons, has held his constituency for the Labour Party with 51.9 per cent, winning 24,153 votes. He is one of the longest serving MPs.
The Conservatives’ Helen Harrison came second with 40.6 per cent and a gain of 16.1 per cent for the party compared to the 2015 General Election .
UKIP’s Philip Rose received 4.6 per cent of the vote, but the party made a loss of 16.4 per cent compared to their performance in 2015.
Lib Dem Ross Shipman came in last with 2.9 per cent of the vote.
Skinner held Bolsover in the 2015 General Election with 22,542 votes, over 11,000 votes ahead of the Conservatives’ Peter Bedford. The gap between the leading candidates this time around was just over 5,000.
Bolsover was listed as a likely Labour constituency by YouGov.
Skinner dubbed Prime Minister David Cameron “dodgy Dave” and was kicked out of the House a number of times. A documentary was made about Skinner titled The Nature of the Beast and is set to be released in 2017.