VIDEO: Retiring Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said “it’s been a real pleasure”

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Former Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said he would retire from politics, after a narrow defeat by Conservative Caroline Ansell in the general election.

Lloyd lost his seat by 733 votes, it was announced at 4.30am this morning (May 8).

Stephen Lloyd Liberal Democrat SUS-150805-041913001

Stephen Lloyd Liberal Democrat SUS-150805-041913001

He said Caroline would be “a great MP” and he had a “brilliant time” serving the town for five years.

“I’ve never had as much fun as being MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon,” he said.

“Thank you very much Eastbourne, it’s been a real pleasure.”

But he blamed the “fear of the SNP” for the loss of his seat.

The results were as follows: Caroline Ansell (CON) 20,934, Stephen Lloyd (LIB DEM) 20,201, Nigel Jones (UKIP) 6,139, Jake Lambert (LAB) 4,143, Andrew Durling (GREEN) 1,351 and Paul Howard (IND) 139.

See www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/breaking-news-conservatives-take-seat-from-lib-dems-in-eastbourne-1-6732864 for the breaking news story on the election results.