Home Secretary narrowly holds onto her seat in Hastings & Rye

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has barely won her constituency, Hastings and Rye.

She won 25,668 number of votes and Labour MP Peter Chowney won 25,322.

With a turnout of more than 70 per cent. The results were expected at 2am, but was delayed because of two recounts. It was a narrow win of 346.

The Green Party formed an alliance with Labour last month as an attempt to oust her. This was a major coup for the Progressive Alliance, which is a network of activists and politicians attempting to prevent a Conservative Party landslide.

 

Rudd has held this seat since 2010 and in 2015 she defeated Labour Party candidate Sarah Owen by 4,796 votes.

Other results:

Lib Dem 1,885 votes for Nicholas Perry

Ukip 1, 479votes for Michael Phillips

Independent 412 votes for Nicholas Wilson

YouGov predicted the constituency was ‘likely Labour’ with Labour at 48 per cent and the Conservatives at 40 per cent.

The alliance is also targeting Wirral, south and west London, south Wales, Cumbria, the Midlands and Cornwall, which some are areas that are considered swing constituencies.

 

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