East Sussex heads to the polls as voting for general election opens

General Election 2015
General Election 2015

Voters in East Sussex will head to the polls today in one of the tightest general elections in living memory.

National opinion polls have shown Conservatives and Labour neck and neck over the last few days, and even if one party emerges the winner, neither are expected to have a majority of MPs in the House of Commons.

Candidates in Lewes are Norman Baker for the Lib Dems, Conservative Maria Caulfield, Ray Finch for UKIP, Labour’s Lloyd Russell-Moyle, and Alfie Stirling of the Green Party.

Meanwhile in neighbouring Wealden those looking to succeed Charles Hendry as MP are Labour’s Solomon Curtis, Nusrat Ghani for the Conservatives, Lib Dem Giles Goodall, UKIP’s Peter Griffiths, and Mark Smith for the Green Party,

In Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven candidates are UKIP’s Ian Buchanan, Lib Dem Paul Chandler, Davy Jones of the Green Party, Conservative Simon Kirby, Nancy Platts of the Labour Party, Jacqueline Shodeke of the Socialist Party of Great Britain, and independent Matt Taylor.

Those standing as candidates in Eastbourne and Willingdon are Conservative Caroline Ansell, Andrew Durling of the Green Party, independent Paul Howard, Nigel Jones for UKIP, Labour’s Jake Lambert, and Stephen Lloyd for the Lib Dems.

Lastly in Bexhill and Battle candidates are Geoffrey Bastin for UKIP, Jonathan Kent of the Green Party, Conservative Hux Merriman, Rachel Sadler for the Lib Dems, and Labour’s Michelle Thew.

Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm, with Lewes District Council and Wealden District Council elections running alongside the national poll.

A full list of local candidates in each ward can be found by clicking here for Lewes DC, and here for Wealden DC.

In 2010’s general election Sussex returned 13 Conservative MPs, two Lib Dems and one Green, with six seats changing hands.

Whatever happens across Sussex, several constituencies are guaranteed to return new MPs with politicians standing down in Bexhill and Battle, Horsham, Wealden, and Hove.

According to the Met Office voters heading out today can expect a dry and mostly sunny day across Sussex.

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