Geoffrey Cox returned for the fifth time in record election victory

The declaration of results

The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox was returned as Torridge & West Devon's Member of Parliament for a fifth time on 12 December. 

He secured 35,904 votes - 59.9% of the overall turnout.

He will be part of a Conservative government with a healthy majority after the party enjoyed a surge of support up and down the country.

It's the third time in a row Mr Cox has bettered his result, having recouped more than 50 per cent of the vote in 2015 and 2017.

At the end of a huge night for the Conservatives, Mr Cox said Labour and the Liberal Democrats had paid a 'heavy price' for not 'respecting democracy'.

"This nonsense that the British people did not know what they were doing in 2016 has been once and for all completely discredited," said Mr Cox.

"The British people have known exactly what they are doing today and they are voting to leave the European Union and that ultimately, I believe, is the secret of the problem the other two parties have had.

"They have not properly respected the democracy of this country and you pay a heavy price for that."