Dennis remains Bolsover’s Beast with more than 50 per cent of the vote

The Beast of Bolsover.

The Beast of Bolsover.

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Labour stalwart Dennis Skinner has retained his Bolsover seat with a massive majority.

The 83-year-old came away with 51.2 per cent of the vote - more than double Tory opponent Peter Bedford.

Mr Skinner received a total of 22,543 (51.2 per cent) compared with Mr Bedford’s 10,764 (24.5 per cent).

UKIP’s Ray Calladine came a close third with 9,228 votes (21 per cent) while the Liberal Democrats’ David Lomax managed just 1,464 votes (3.3 per cent).

Turnout in Bolsover was lower than other parts of Derbyshire with just 61 per cent of voters turning up at the ballot box.