Posted on 11/05/2010
Royal Holloway alumni gain seats across all three political parties
Six Royal Holloway alumni were appointed Members of Parliament in the hotly contested elections.
Conservative Jessica Lee, who graduated in 1997 after studying Modern History, Economic History and Politics, gained the seat of Erewash with a majority of 2,501. Valerie Vaz, who studied Biochemistry at Bedford College and graduated in 1978 gained the seat in Walsall South for Labour with a majority of 1,755 and Andrew Stephenson, who graduated in 2002 with a Management Studies degree was elected in Pendle for the Conservatives with a majority of 3,585.
Three Royal Holloway graduates stood for re-election and held their seats. Norman Baker MP (BA German 1978, RHC) held Lewes for the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 7,647; Greg Barker MP (BA Modern History, Economic History & Politics 1987) held Bexhill and Battle for the Conservatives with a majority of 12,880; and Stewart Jackson MP (BA Economics & Public Administration 1988) held Peterborough for the Conservatives with a majority of 4,861.
Additionally, Jack Perschke (MSc Sustainability & Management Studies, 2007) challenged Margaret Beckett MP for the Conservatives in Derby South and, although he came second, he increased the Conservative percentage of the vote by a sizeable 8.7%.