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Conservative Jeremy Quin is Horsham’s new MP

Mr Quin, a company adviser from Buckinghamshire, easily won the parliamentary election yesterday for the seat formerly held by Conservative Francis Maude since 1997.  He polled 32, 627 votes and the others were Roger Arthur (UKIP) 7969 Morwen Millson 6647  (Liberal Democrat) Martin Davis (Labour) 6499  Darin Green (Green Party) 2198 James Smith (Something New) 375 Jim Duggan (Peace Party) 307 and Jim Rae (Independent) 303.

UKIP, who did not contest the seat in 2010, pushed the Liberal Democrats from the 2010 second spot. Turnout was 72.8 per cent.

In Arundel and South Downs Conservative Nick Herbert held his seat, with 60 per cent of the votes.

The votes were Nick Herbert (Conservative) 34331 Peter Grace (UKIP) 8154 Christopher Wellbelove (Labour) 6324 Shweta Kapadia (Liberal Democrat) 4062 Isabel Thurston (Green) 3606

The Arundel and South Downs constituency includes Bramber, Upper Beeding and Woodmancote, Chanctonbury, Chantry, Cowfold,Partridge Green, Shermanbury and West Grinstead, Henfield, Pulborough and Coldwaltham, and Steyning.

The Conservatives also held neighbouring Mid Sussex with sitting MP Nicholas Soames and Crawley with sitting MP Henry Smith. Mr Soames polled  32, 268 against second placed Greg Mountain (Labour 7,982). Mr Smith polled 22, 829 , with Labour’s Chris Oxlade taking second spot with 16, 303.

While the local Tory wins were historically predictable, UKIP enjoyed a rise in fortunes and the Liberal Democrats suffered a 20 per cent drop in votes in both Horsham and Arundel and South Downs .

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