Mike O’Brien, the minister responsible for the NPfIT, has lost his seat to a Conservative by just 54 votes.
The BBC says that Conservative candidate Dan Byles polled 18,993 votes compared to O’Brien’s 18,939 votes. The pair were so closely matched that a recount was ordered.
O’Brien had been involved in negotiations with BT and CSC to cut the costs of the NPfIT local service provider contracts. O’Brien had revealed to BBC File on 4 that his officials had been trying to sew up NPfIT deals before the end of March 2010. A memorandum of understanding was signed with BT, but not with CSC.
NPfIT minister loses his seat – Kable