Labour MP Peter Kyle held his Hove seat with a huge majority two years after winning the constituency from the Conservatives against the national swing by just over a thousand votes.
Mr Kyle won the backing of 36,942 voters – or 64.1 per cent – with Conservative candidate Kristy Adams picking up 18,185 votes – or 31.6 per cent.
He now has a majority of 18,757. The turnout was 77.6 per cent – the highest across Brighton and Hove – and reflected in part the work that the two main candidates put in to getting out the vote.
The Liberal Democrat candidate Carrie Hynds came third with 1,311 votes and Phélim Mac Cafferty finished fourth with 971 votes. Independent candidate Charley Sabel received 187.
Mr Kyle benefited from what Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called his policy on cake – he wanted to have it and eat it.
Mr Kyle has been an outspoken critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – and part of his pitch to voters was that it was safe to vote for him in Hove as Mr Corbyn would not win the election.
But he has also won the support of people – many of them young people – inspired by Mr Corbyn to join Labour and vote for the party.
Mr Kyle said that Prime Minister Theresa May had wanted a blank cheque from voters but had failed to make her case.
He spoke about both party leaders and the importance of putting a winning offer to voters when he appeared on The Vote on Latest TV in October last year.
Peter Kyle (Labour) 36,942
Kristy Adams (Conservative) 18,185
Carrie Hynds (Liberal Democrat) 1,311
Phelim Mac Cafferty (Green) 971
Charley Sabel (Independent) 187
Turnout 57,596 (77.6 per cent)
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