A former Brighton councillor has unseated the long-serving Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker in Lewes.
Maria Caulfield, a Conservative from Woodingdean, used to represent Moulsecoomb and Bevendean on Brighton and Hove City Council.
She took the seat with 19,206 votes – a majority of 1,083 – or 38 per cent of the votes cast.
Mr Baker, 57, a former minister in the coalition government, polled 18,123 votes or 35.9 per cent. He first won the seat in 1997.
Ray Finch, a Member of the European Parliament who used to work in a Portslade factory, came third for UKIP with 5,427 votes.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, for Labour, finished fourth with 5,000 votes and Alfie Stirling, for the Greens, came fifth with 2,784.
Turnout was 72.7 per cent.
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