ROTHERHAM'S three MPs held their seats in the general election, to cheers and applause from noisy supporters.
Sarah Champion was re-elected for Rotherham, Sir Kevin Barron for Rother Valley and John Healey for Wentworth and Dearne.
Mr Healey and Ms Champion increased their majorities but Sir Kevin's was almost halved.
Thanking his supporters, Mr Healey said: "Each election is a reaffirmation of the fact that I work for you, I serve as you allow and I will continue speaking up for our area in parliament - campaigning to change things for the better and supporting people who need help."
In a passionate speech, Ms Champion said: "We have people sleeping rough in the centre of our town, we have food banks and a community turning in on itself and hate crime going through the roof because of the pressure they are being put underby the policies of the Tories have made. It enrages me."
Mr Barron also thanked his voters, adding: "I can't quite get my head around what's happening nationally."
UKIP's vote fell apart in the Rother Valley, with almost 10,000 voters going elsewhere.
The Tory vote surged from 10,945 to 19,939 for newcomer Bethan Eddy, while UKIP fell from 13,204 for Allen Cowles to 3,704 for Lee Hunter this time around.
Tory Bethan Eddy said afterwards: "It's amazing. I never thought, to be honest, that we'd be able to get nearly 20,000 votes in Rother Valley."
Asked if the seat could be snatched from Labour in the future, she added: "In politics today, anything is achievable."
RESULTS IN FULL
James Bellis (Con) 10,017
Mick Bower (Yorkshire) 1,432
Adam Carter (Lib Dem) 1,754
Sarah Champion (Labour) 21,404
Allen Cowles (UKIP) 3,316
Turnout 60.7 per cent
Sir Kevin Barron (Labour) 23,821
Bethan Eddy (Conservative) 19,939
Lee Hunter (UKIP) 3,704
Paul Martin (Green) 869
Katie Pruszynski (Liberal Democrat) 1,155
Turnout 65.9 per cent
Wentworth and Dearne
John Healey (Lab) 28,547
Steven Jackson (Con) 13,744
Janice Middleton (Lib Dem) 1,656
Turnout 59.06 per cent
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