IT was a triumphant night for the Tories on a national scale and within Wyre Forest, where Mark Garnier will continue his nine-year run as MP.

Mr Garnier has been re-elected for his 4th term as district MP after receiving a staggering 65 per cent of the vote.

With 32,960 votes and a majority of more than 21,000, it’s thought this is the most significant victory in Wyre Forest General Election history.

Arriving at the election count at Wyre Forest Leisure Centre last night, Mr Garnier said he was not expecting his party to do so well.

“I think there are two reasons behind it,” he said. “Jeremy Corbyn has taken the Labour Party to the very far left, and from talking to the electorate in Wyre Forest, people are genuinely scared of his politics. They don't believe what he was promising.

"Secondly, Brexit will have played a massive part. Labour was too ambiguous with their policy, whereas Boris Johnson has had a three-word slogan - get Brexit done."

Mr Garnier has increased his majority in Wyre Forest, having received 58 per cent of the vote in the 2017 General Election.

Responding to the result, which came in at around 3am, he said: “I’m humbled that 32,000 people put their trust in me. It’s an important job.”

He said a priority heading into his 4th term is to "heal the divisions within our communities". Despite 63 per cent of his constituents voting to leave the EU, Mr Garnier said there are a lot of people in the district who are unhappy with the process.

"We are getting on with Brexit," he said. "There's no way it's going to stop now, but we do need to start healing those divisions between people with differing opinions."

Among his other priorities are helping local residents opposed to planning applications and working with Harriet Harman on amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill in the wake of the Natalie Connolly murder.

Responding to the result, runner up Robin Lunn, who received 11,547 votes for Labour, said his party’s vision for the 2020s "has not been accepted here in Wyre Forest or nationally".

Mr Lunn added: "We need to learn from this as a party and return to fight another day."

Shazu Miah, who received 4,081 votes, said "the night is still young for the Liberal Democrats".

He added: "We fought hard for better funding for local services. This is just the start for us."

John Davis, Wyre Forest's Green Party candidate, responded to the results by saying simply: "Plant more trees and look forward to the next election."

Mr Davis received 1,973 votes.

The total voter turn-out for Wyre Forest was 65.1 per cent - slightly down on the 66.03 per cent in 2017.

Postal voters did themselves proud, with a turn-out of just over 85 per cent, while the turn-out for people voting in person was 61.2 per cent.

The ward with the lowest turn-out was Broadwaters and Hoobrook at 53 per cent, and the highest was Wyre Forest Rural with 71 per cent.

Catch up on our election coverage throughout the night here.