The Conservative Party has won the Thirsk and Malton election by a comfortable majority. The election in the constituency was delayed after the UKIP candidate, John Boakes, died during the campaign.

Tory candidate Anne McIntosh took the seat gaining 52 per cent of the vote and a majority of more than 11,000. The Lib Dems came second with 23 per cent of the vote, with Labour was in at third with 13 per cent of the vote.

The seat is a large rural constituency in the north of England and was expected to go to the Tories with little difficulty.

Despite being in coalition the Lib Dems and Conservatives were engaged in a "full-on fight" in the constituency, according to Lib Dem candidate Howard Keal.

Since going into coalition the polls have shown a drop in support for the Lib Dems, possibly as many voters before the election intended to vote for them to prevent a Tory government only to find their votes helped bring about what they were trying to avoid.

The Labour vote fell by more than 50 per cent at the election, while the turnout was 50.3 per cent.