Election 2015: It’s a tight race for the Eastbourne seat

Eastbourne candidates (From top left clockwise) Stephen Lloyd, Paul Howard, Jake Lambert,  Nigel Jones, Caroline Ansell, Andrew Durling

Eastbourne candidates (From top left clockwise) Stephen Lloyd, Paul Howard, Jake Lambert, Nigel Jones, Caroline Ansell, Andrew Durling

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Tension is mounting at the Eastbourne election count, as it looks to be a tight contest between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.

The incumbent MP Stephen Lloyd (Lib Dem) looked nervous as he arrived at the count tonight, as exit polls predict a Tory win in Eastbourne.

Lloyd and Caroline Ansell (Con) are both hoping to become Eastbourne’s next MP.

But Labour candidate Jake Lambert said it was a positive night for his party in Eastbourne, and said they were “building momentum” in the town.

He’s hoping to build on Labour’s support in Eastbourne, and said it could be a “game changer” for the party in the town.

Green Candidate Andrew Durling also seemed confident that his party would get a good share of the vote, and said he was pleased to be part of the national “Green surge”.

UKIP didn’t seem so confident tonight, but agreed with Mr Durling that electoral reform was needed, to reflect smaller parties vote shares when it comes to seats in the Commons.

Independent Paul Howard also looks to have picked up a few votes in the polls.

Keep following www.eastbourneherald.co.uk forthe latest on the Eastbourne result, and www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/live/event?1207062 for a live feed on the results as they come in across Sussex.