Ben Wallace at the National Memorial Arboretum for Operation Banner commemorations (Picture: MOD).
Politics

General Election 2019: Defence Secretary Ben Wallace Secures Seat

The cabinet minister comfortably retained his seat in the constituency of Wyre & Preston North.

Ben Wallace at the National Memorial Arboretum for Operation Banner commemorations (Picture: MOD).

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has retained his seat in the House of Commons aftervictory in the Wyre & Preston North constituency.

Mr Wallace secured a 59.7% vote share, part of a huge overall victory for the Conservative Party in this year's General Election.

Learning of the result in the early hours of results day, Mr Wallace thanked his fellow constituency candidates for a "good natured contest".

Labour's Joanne Ainscough came in second in Wyre & Preston North with a 28% share of the vote.

Mr Wallace secured a vote share change of +1.4%, while Boris Johnson hailed the Tories' victory as a political "earthquake" and claimed a "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done".

Ben Wallace was first announced as Defence Secretary as part of Boris Johnson's cabinet shake-up in July, after a three-year stint as a security minister.

He has a background in the UK Armed Forces - serving with the Scots Guards in Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Central America throughout the 1990s.

In 1992 he was mentioned in dispatches for his work in Northern Ireland.

Ben Wallace at the National Memorial Arboretum for Operation Banner commemorations (Picture: MOD).