Conservative Caroline Ansell has ousted Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd in a closely-fought battle to become Eastbourne’s new Member of Parliament.
She took the seat with a 733 vote majority and will be the town’s MP for the next five years.
The results were finally announced at 4.30am on Friday, May 8 after the count at the Winter Garden.
Caroline Ansell won the seat with 20,934 votes to Stephen Lloyd’s 20,201. UKIP’s Nigel Jones was third with 6,139 votes, followed by Jake Lambert (LAB) with 4,143, Andrew Durling (GREEN) with 1,351 and Paul Howard (IND) with 139.
Caroline Ansell took to the podium after her victory was announced. She said, “I’ve hardly dared dream of this moment in all these many days and weeks and months.
“It’s been a tough campaign, just as we knew it would be in this constituency. I pledge to work for all those in Eastbourne and Willingdon and to ensure we see a more prosperous future in these next incoming years.”
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