LABOUR’S Derek Twigg has romped home to an overwhelming victory in Halton.

Mr Twigg increased his majority after winning 36,115 votes, up from 28,292 in 2015.

The turnout was 67.2 per cent.

Conservative Matthew Lloyd gained 10,710 votes, UKIP candidate Glyn Redican 1,488, Lib Dem Ryan Bate 896 and Independent Vic Turton 309.

Triumphant Mr Twigg said: “It was a tremendous result. People say this is a safe seat but we never take votes for granted. We continue to work hard to earn votes.

“Education, health, transport and the environment will be key issues.

“I will make sure the people of Halton have a very strong voice in Westminster.

“The people of Halton have overwhelming confidence in me. I will repay them by doing the best I can to make a difference.”

In 2015, the turnout in Halton was 62 per cent, two per cent higher than in 2010.