The Conservative Party’s Dominic Raab hit out at his opponents as he was re-elected as MP for Esher and Walton after a close-fought contest.
The Foreign Secretary faced a tough campaign that saw his majority of 23,000 from 2017 cut down to just over 2,000 after a strong Liberal Democrat showing.
Targeting the Liberal Democrat candidate, Monica Harding, he said: “I’m proud that when some of our opponents seeped into the gutter, we kept our integrity.”
Harding later said that Raab was a “disgrace” and was “unbecoming of a government minister”.
Pre-election polling conducted by Yougov had the constituency down as a “toss-up” between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, giving the evening an added edge.
An impressive 77.9 per cent of eligible voters in Esher and Walton voted, up from 71.7 per cent in 2017.