Conservative candidate Conor Burns swept to a decisive victory in Bournenmouth West increasing his majority and cementing his position for a second term.

Increasing his majority to 12,410 the Tory MP said: "I wanted more votes than last time and I'm absolutely delighted.

"We fought a totally positive campaign and we did not even mention other political parties.

"I pledge I will always stand by my constituents and people of Bournemouth West and always serve them.

"I promise to always do my best for them."

The result was declared just after 6am, eight hours after the polling stations closed.

Speaking at the count at Littledown, Mr Burns said the biggest issue locally had been the Navitus Bay wind farm, with nationally the economy and housing topping the agenda.

He vowed to get back on the fight against Navitus on Saturday.

In 2010, the turnout for Bournemouth West was 41,659 - 58.2%.

But despite early predictions of an increased turnout, it was almost exactly the same as 2010, with 42,135 votes polled - 58.45%.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Burns said the large number of students who voted in their home constituencies would have "depressed" the figures.

"I was pleased it didn't decline", he added.

UKIP candidate, Martin Houlden had been hoping for increased support, saying while he didn't think the party would secure a win, it would give them a good platform for 2020.

He polled 7,745 votes, an increase of 4,746 votes from 2010.

Labour candidate, David Stokes recorded 7,386 to take third place. This is an increase in votes from Labour's 2010 result of 6,171.

"It's been a long campaign and a good battle", Mr Stokes told the Daily Echo.

Dick Franklin, for the Patria party only recorded 99 votes.

And Green Party representative, Elizabeth McManus polled 3,107.

Mike Plummer for the Liberal Democrats polled 3,281, a disappointing result especially considering their second place position in 2010 with 13,225votes.