ELECTION RESULT: Conservatives take Lewes from Lib Dems
The Conservatives have taken Lewes from the Lib Dems - capping off a stunning night of general election results.
Norman Baker had been MP for the area since 1997 and was protecting a majority of almost 8,000 votes from 2010’s national poll, but this was overturned by the new Conservative MP for Lewes Maria Caulfield.
Ms Caulfield, who works as a nurse at the Royal Marsden Hospital leading a team in the field of breast cancer research, polled 19,206 votes to Mr Baker’s 18,123 from a turnout of 72.4 per cent.
Meanwhile Mr Baker joins a large number of Lib Dems who have lost their seats in the general election, including high profile political casualties such as Vince Cable, Danny Alexander, and Ed Davey.
Maria Caulfield (Conservative) 19,206
Norman Baker (Lib Dem) 18,123
Ray Finch (UKIP) 5,427
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour) 5,000
Alfie Stirling (Green) 2,784.
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