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Architects in PM’s constituency reflect on Tory win

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Architects on the whole seem to be lamenting the Conservative’s shock election victory - but the view from David Cameron’s own Oxfordshire constituency, Witney, is somewhat different

Anthony Pettorino, who runs small practice Pettorino Design in Witney said he was ‘pleased’ by the result and had voted for his incumbent MP.

‘He took 60 per cent of the vote here which wasn’t a surprise; but I was surprised by the national result,’ he said. ‘Labour lost so many seats to the SNP ad the Lib Dems are out of the picture.

‘I don’t always vote Conservative but I have in the last two elections. If I wasn’t in Cameron’s constituency it might have been different.

‘Having the PM as your local MP is good for the local economy and his presence here is known – I bumped into him when I was Christmas shopping so he is definitely present.’

Sole practioner David Corley also said he had voted Conservative and had a positive view of his local MP.

He said: ‘I saw him talk at my children’s school before he became Prime Minister and he’s intelligent and articulate…I was fearful of a Labour victory because I think inevitably you would have seen them and the SNP drawn together in some way or another.

‘Architects have left-leaning tendencies on the whole but we’re doing our work for people following a more traditional capitalist approach. We’re often working hand in glove with financial interests.’

However, two other architects said they had voted for the other two main parties in England.

Jon Du Croz, founder of new practice DuCroz Architects said he was a Lib Dem supporter despite reservations due to their U-turn on student fees.

‘I had a sneaking suspicion that when people got into the polling booths there would be a swing to the Conservatives,’ he said. ‘But I would rather have seen the Lib Dems expand their presence in government. My vote doesn’t count for much here so I just have to vote for what I believe in.’

Labour voter and sole practitioner Oliver Bridge said he was also disappointed yet unsurprised.

‘I’m left-wing but I’ve just spoken to two or three of my clients and they’re chuffed,’ he said. ‘One is a property developer in London and the others are small business people around here.’

Asked about his own MP, Bridge said: ‘David Cameron is actually a good chap and seems too left-wing for a lot of Tories. I think the Labour Party needs someone like Tony Blair again. Miliband was simply too left-wing.’

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