IT was a night bathed in dazzling bright blue for Conservatives in Somerset as the General Election results rolled in.

Despite having to wait until the early hours of Friday 13th, there were no horrors in store for the Tories, as all of the Conservative candidates in the county romped home, bar a Liberal Democrat hold in Bath, in what was a big night for the party across the country.

Conservative candidate James Heappey retained his seat in Wells and said he is looking forward to serving the people of Burnham and Highbridge for another five years.

Speaking after the results were announced Mr Heappey, said: "Its been a hard campaign, we started eight weeks ago well behind and we finished well in front and that is the result of a lot of hard work. 

"People who have knocked thousands upon thousands of doors, having thousands of conversations with people and talking to them about their concerns and helping them to understand the arithmatic of a hung parliament and here we are with a clear mandate to get Brexit done and move the country forward. I am really excited."

Mr Heappey said people in Burnham and Highbridge have 'willingly shared' their frustrations that Brexit has not been delivered and that his party will get Brexit done. 

He said he will also fight to tackle issues including GP vacancies and shortages and funding for mental health services. 

"Because of Brexit locking us down the Government has not been able to do all the things I would want it to be doing," Mr Heappey said.

"What we have got to do is tackle things like we have got vacancies in the memorial hospital and local GP practices which need government focus on filling, more people living with dementia in our towns which we need the mental health services required to support them.

"We have got Somerset's fastest improving school in Highbridge but what we also need to deliver technical and vocational training from our schools, improve our digital and physical infrastructure and all of these things with Brexit done can be the things the Government gets to grips with and that is hugely exciting."

Liberal Democrat candidate for Wells Tessa Munt said she was 'disappointed' with the result but she 'will not give up' and will continue to fight so 'rural Somerset can have a voice.'

Conservative candidate Rebecca Pow also retained her seat in Taunton Deane. 

Ms Pow said: “I’m going to throw myself into representing Taunton Deane.

”This election was about Brexit and democracy, but it’s also about getting stuff done for us in Taunton Deane.”

She later tweeted to thank her supporters, saying: "A heartfelt thank you to every single person who supported me in this election.

"So proud to be returned as our MP for Taunton Deane with an increased vote share.

"This ... success signals a bright, new future for the nation."

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Here are the results from Somerset...

Taunton Deane
Rebecca Pow (Conservative): 34,164
Gideon Amos (Lib Dem): 22,464
Liam Canham (Labour): 4,715
John Hunt (Independent): 2,390

Bridgwater & West Somerset
Ian Liddell Grainger (Conservative): 35,827
Oliver Thornton (Labour): 11,388
Bill Revans (Lib Dem): 7,805
Mickie Ritchie (Green): 1,877
Fares Moussa (Liberal Party): 755

James Heappey (Conservative): 33,336
Tessa Munt (Lib Dem): 23,345
Kama McKenzie (Labour): 4,304
Dave Dobbs (Independent): 373
Susie Quatermass (The Motherworld Party): 270

Marcus Fysh (Conservative): 34,588
Mick Clarke (Lib Dem): 18,407
Terry Ledlie (Labour): 3,761
Diane Wood (Green): 1,629
Tony Capozzoli (Independent): 689
Thomas Fox (C&RP): 186

Wera Hobhouse (Lib Dem): 28,419
Annabel Tall (Conservative): 16,097
Mike Davies (Labour): 6,639
Jimi Ogunnusi (The Brexit Party): 642
Bill Blockhead (Independent): 341

Somerset North
Liam Fox (Conservative): 32,801
Hannah Young (Labour): 15,265
Ashley Cartman (Lib Dem): 11,051
Phil Neve (Green): 2,938

Somerset North East
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative): 28,360
Mark Huband (Labour): 13,631
Nick Coates (Lib Dem): 12,422
Fay Whitfield (Green): 1,423
Shaun Hughes (Independent): 472

Weston super Mare
John Penrose (Conservative): 31,983
Tim Taylor (Labour): 14,862
Patrick Keating (Lib Dem): 6,935
Suneil Basu (Green): 1,834

Somerton and Frome
David Warburton (Conservative): 36,230
Adam Boyden (Liberal Democrat): 17,017
Sean Dromgoole (Labour): 8,354
​Andrea Dexter (Green): 3,295