Nus Ghani who has won the Wealden Constituency for the Conservatives

Conservative Nus Ghani wins Wealden in General Election

Nus Ghani (Conservtive) has been elected the MP for Wealden in succession to Charles Hendry.

She polled 32,508 votes.

Peter Griffiths, from Framfield, (UK Independence Party) came second with 9,541 votes.

Solomon Curtis (Labour) was third with 6,165 votes.

Giles Goodall (Liberal Democrat) 5,180

Mark Smith (Green) 3,623.

Report from the count by Jacob White

Nus Ghani, the Conservative party candidate, won the Wealden seat with a majority of 22,967 and a 57% share of the vote beating United Kingdom Independence Party candidate Peter Griffiths into second place.

Ms Ghani, who replaced outgoing MP Charles Hendry as the Conservative party candidate, secured 32,508 votes in the election which saw a turnout of 71.29%.

Following the declaration Ms Ghani, said: “I am still in shock and I never took this result for granted since being selected in 2013.”

She added that her key priorities as being Wealden’s representative in Parliament would be transport, broadband for rural businesses and supporting farmers.

Ms Ghani, said: “Wealden is a very big and varied seat and I intend to be an effective champion and a strong champion in Westminster.”

Peter Griffiths, of UKIP who came second in the poll, said that he believed the result represented a great step forward and presented opportunities for the future.

Peter Griffiths (UKIP)

Peter Griffiths (UKIP)

Mr Griffiths, said: “We’re moving in the right direction but we were against a party machine in the Conservatives but we work towards (county) council elections in two years time.”

Solomon Curtis, of Labour, said he was really pleased by the campaign despite the result on the night both locally and nationally.

Mr Curtis, said: “I am disappointed with the national picture and we won’t be able to fulfil our promises but in Wealden we increased our vote by a thousand votes.”

Solomon Curtis

Solomon Curtis (Labour)

Mark Smith, of the Green party, said he was pleased by the achievement of the Green party in Wealden at the poll and establishing a footing in Wealden.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith (Green)

Liberal Democrat candidate Giles Goodall was unwell and not at the count. He told me via social media: “I’ve been a party member 20 years, so indeed have already seen a few ups and downs. It’s a tough night for us everywhere but no doubt we will rebuild.

“Lib Dem values are fundamentallyBritish values. There’ll always be a need for a Liberal party to defend them.”

Charles Lant, the returning officer for Wealden was delighted by how the evening had gone and the success of the organisation.

Mr Lant, said: “It’s been a really exhausting but worthwhile say. I have had some outstanding staff, some of whom have been up since 5am on Thursday – I thank them.”

Photos: Jacob White

Some statistical anaylsis of the Wealden result from the BBC

The result from 2010

Charles Hendry (C) 31,090

Chris Bowers (LD) 13,911

Jemima Blackmore (L) 5,266

Dan Docker (UKIP) 3.319

David Jonas (G) 1,383

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