Accountants emerge as winners on election night

It was a good election for accountants across the country with most either
holding or gaining seats.

Accountants who contested the election, overwhelmingly won out with only
isolated losses.

Accountants Jeremy Lefroy who ran for Stafford; Alok Sharma for Reading West;
and David Mowat for Warrington all gained seats for the Conservative party in
the tight election.

Among those who lost seats was ICAEW Tory David Heathcoat-Amory, who lost the
seat of Wells, following a damaging year when he was found to have manure
claimed £380 over 3 years on expenses.

“Expenses damaged all incumbents and perhaps me particularly. I faced a
negative campaign, that’s the tough way politics is”, he told BBC last night.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of representing this constituency for the last 27
years and I leave, I hope, with a constituency in good shape.”

Nigel Mills is still waiting for results to come in for Amber Valley ward
after a recount was called.

CIMA’s Sarah McCarthy-Fry lost a Labour seat in Portsmouth North, while
CIMA’s Michael Foster lost a Labour seat in Worcester.

The winners were:

Karen Bradley (Con) for Staffordshire Moorlands – ICAEW

Jeremy Lefroy (Con) for Stafford – ICAEW

Alok Sharma (Con) for Reading West – ICAEW

David Mowat (Con) for Warrington – ICAEW

Vince Cable for Twickenham (who beat ICAEW-qualified Tory Deborah Thomas)

Peter Bone (Con) for Wellingborough – ICAEW

Nick Gibb (Con) for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton – ICAEW

Justine Greening (Con) for Putney – ICAEW

Mark Harper (Con) for Forest of Dean – ICAEW

Mark Hoban (Con) for Fareham – ICAEW

Iain Wright (Lab) for Hartlepool – ICAEW

Nigel Mills (Con) for Amber Valley – ICAEW and CIoT

Teresa Pearce (Lab) for Erith and Thamesmead – affiliation unknown

Ian Swales (Lib-Dem) for Redcar – ACCA

John Gough (Con) for Barrow & Furness – ACCA

Mike Weatherley (Con) for Hove – CIMA

Therese Coffey (Con) for Suffolk Coastal – CIMA

Iain Stewart (Con) for Milton Keynes South – affiliation unknown

Elizabeth Truss (Con) for Norfolk South West – affiliation unknown

Karen Lumley (Con) for Redditch – affiliation unknown

Michael Moore (Lib-Dem) for Berwickshire,Roxbourgh and Selkirk – affiliation

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2010: Accountants fight for seats

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