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Victorious MP Michael Fabricant has described the Conservatives victory in the general election as “extraordinary”.
The flamboyant Tory retained his seat with a majority of more than 18,000 over Labour’s Chris Worsey.
Although Mr Fabricant had been odds on favourite to retain his seat, he recognised the success of his party across the country as they were able to secure enough seats for a majority government.
“The results nationally are extraordinary,” he said. “History will say that 2015 rewrote the political textbooks.”
Mr Fabricant also took time out to praise his rivals in Lichfield and Burntwood.
He said: “It’s been a long and exciting campaign.
“I’d like to thank the other candidates for, on the whole, a pretty fair and decent campaign.”
Despite securing an improved majority, the long-serving MP insisted he would not be resting on his laurels.
“There are still many issues I need to pursue, including HS2 and heavy trucks driving through the centres of Lichfield, Kings Bromley and Yoxall,” he said.
“After a couple of days’ break, I shall return to the work of representing the Lichfield constituency with my usual vim and vigour.”