Labour's Chris Bloore has said he "couldn't be prouder" to be elected as the new MP for Redditch. 

Mr Bloore received 14,810 votes in Thursday’s general election giving him a majority of 789 votes. 

Conservative candidate Rachel Maclean received 14,021 votes in the election losing her seat. 

Mr Bloore said he owes a "debt of gratitude" to voters and is looking forward to getting started. 

Reacting to the victory, Mr Bloore said: "I couldn't be prouder to have been elected as the new Member of Parliament for Redditch and the Villages.

"I owe a debt of gratitude to so many people for their support in this campaign. But most of all I want to thank the voters for putting their trust in me. There's a lot of work to do, but I can't wait to get started."

The voter turnout for the election in Redditch was 59.83 per cent. 

Reform Candidate Julie Allison received 8,516 votes, with Andrew Fieldsend-Roxborough of the Liberal Democrats receiving 2,165 votes.

Green Party candidate David Thain received 2,098 votes and Amin of the Workers Party received 765 votes.

In a post on social media following the results, the Redditch Labour Party said: "Thank you to everybody who voted Chris Bloore as the first Labour MP in Redditch for 14 years.

"A big thank you to all the Redditch Labour Campaign Team and those who volunteered to help out from the people in the back room you never see to those on the streets talking and listening to voters."