Polls open in Hastings and Rye constituency for election

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Residents went to the polls this morning (Thursday, May 7) to cast their vote.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close tonight at 10pm.

The counting of the ballot papers will then begin in earnest with the result expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Friday, May 8).

The Observer will be covering the count tonight and posting on our Twitter feed at @HastingsObs.

Candidates standing for election in the Hastings and Rye constituency are Amber Rudd (Conservative), Sarah Owen (Labour), Nick Perry (LibDem), Andrew Michael (UKIP) and Jake Bowers (Green).