MIKE Amesbury devoted his Weaver Vale election win for Labour to his late mum in a touching victory speech.

Mr Amesbury narrowly held onto his Weaver Vale seat against the odds, as Labour-held seats around the country fell to the Tories.

Despite an exit poll forecasting a 99 per cent chance of the Tories regaining Weaver Vale, Mr Amesbury was named winner with a majority of 562 – gaining 22,772 votes compared to Mr Wordsworth’s 22,210.

Northwich Guardian:

In his victory speech at the Frodsham Leisure Centre count, Mr Amesbury dedicated the hard-fought win to his late mum and thanked everyone who voted for him.

He said: “I believe in a compassionate, caring country. That is how I am going to serve in the community and how I am going to continue to serve in Parliament. It is a great honour to do that.

“A massive thanks to the people of Weaver Vale – those who voted for me and those who didn’t. I am here to represent all the people in Weaver Vale regardless of political affiliation.

AS IT HAPPENED: General Election count 2019

“We did over 9,000 pieces of casework in the last two-and-a-half years and I will continue to work very hard for everybody.”

Northwich Guardian:

“I want to devote this to my late mum who gave me this fighting spirit. I prayed to her tonight and she fought every step of the way not very long ago. She has instilled that in me.

“Thank you all.”