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Hastings & RyeParliamentary constituency
- Votes: 26,896
- Vote share %: 49.6
- Vote share change: +2.7
- Votes: 22,853
- Vote share %: 42.1
- Vote share change: -4.1
Liberal DemocratNick Perry
- Votes: 3,960
- Vote share %: 7.3
- Vote share change: +3.9
- Votes: 565
- Vote share %: 1.0
- Vote share change: +1.0
Change compared with 2017
- CON majority: 4,043
- Registered voters: 80,524
- Change since 2017: -2.5
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Sally-Ann Hart has been elected MP for Hastings & Rye, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with an increased majority.
The new MP beat Labour's Peter Chowney by 4,043 votes. This was considerably more than Amber Rudd’s 346 vote majority in the 2017 general election.
Amber Rudd did not stand for re-election. She is a former Conservative Home Secretary, who resigned the party whip in September and became an independent MP.
Nick Perry of the Liberal Democrats came third and independent candidate Paul Crosland came fourth.
Voter turnout was down by 2.5 percentage points since the last general election.
More than 54,000 people, roughly two-thirds of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.
One of the four candidates, Paul Crosland (independent) lost his £500 deposit after failing to win 5% of the vote.
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Sally-Ann Hart replaces the retiring Amber Rudd as MP for Hastings and Rye.
Reporter, BBC South East Today
A message of support from one of the South East's outgoing MPs.
Reporter, BBC South East Today
The final ballot box has only just arrived to be verified at the Horntye Sports Park in Hastings so the count is already running slightly behind.
Despite the polls suggesting there’s a 94% chance the Conservatives will hold on to the seat, the Labour campaign seem quietly optimistic and the candidate - Hastings council leader Peter Chowney - says he’s had an excellent response from voters today.
The Liberal Democrat candidate Nick Perry also told me he believes Labour have won here, bucking the national trend.
Conservative candidate Sally-Ann Hart has not yet arrived but there is a big group of Tory activists.
Seventh on Labour’s list of target seats, the result in this combination of coastal resort and rural community will be eagerly anticipated, and is expected at about 03:30 GMT.
Held by Labour from 1997 to 2010, it then became the seat of Conservative big hitter Amber Rudd, who held several ministerial jobs, including Home Secretary.
She resigned the whip over the Prime Minister’s decision to withdraw it from 21 colleagues who voted in October to block a no-deal Brexit, and shortly after that announced she was standing down as an MP altogether.
With the Conservative majority slashed from over 5,000 in 2015, to just 346 in 2017, Labour, which controls the local council, regard this as a very winnable seat.
Their candidate is Hastings Borough Council leader Peter Chowney, and the woman bidding to succeed Amber Rudd as Conservative MP for Hastings is Sally-Ann Hart.