David Gauke

Gauke loses seat

David Gauke
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Former Justice Secretary David Gauke is another big name to lose his seat overnight.

He had been a Tory and a major part of both David Cameron's and Theresa May's government.

But he was another rebel booted out by Boris Johnson for trying to stop a no-deal Brexit in the Commons earlier this year.

He ran as an independent in his seat of Hertfordshire South West and gained a lot of praise for his amusing Twitter videos throughout the campaign.

However, it wasn't enough, and while he secured almost 16,000 votes, his Tory successor, Gagan Mohindra, took more than 30,000.

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How actor Hugh Grant entered the election campaign

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The 2019 election has seen an unprecedented number of high profile independents standing for seats.

Hugh Grant
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This has mostly been due to disagreements with their own party.

One of most well-known rebels against Boris Johnson was Dominic Grieve (pictured below) who had been the Conservative MP for Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire since 1997.

Dominic Grieve
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He lost a motion of confidence with his party in 2019 and so is standing as an independent with the backing of former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine.

Mr Grieve has also received support from actor Hugh Grant (pictured top), who appeared on Facebook to back Mr Grieve.

Other independents standing include Gavin Shuker (Luton South), who became disillusioned with Labour in the spring, and David Gauke (South West Herts), a former Conservative who also rebelled against Boris Johnson's Brexit policy.

Analysis: Independent fights for Herts seat

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Hertfordshire has 11 constituencies and until September they were all Conservative.

However, the MP for South West Herts David Gauke (pictured), lost his place in the party over his Brexit views, but still has stood as an Independent against his old party.

David Gauke
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The Liberal Democrats fancies its chances of taking St Albans, despite Tory MP Anne Main’s 6,000 majority, whilst Watford could be close too. It’s a Tory seat currently, but with a 2,000 majority from Labour, and the standing MP Richard Harrington not seeking re-election.

Hertford and Stortford gets a new MP, following Mark Prisk’s retirement, and Labour and the Lib Dems are also targeting Stevenage. The other six seats are likely to remain Tory.