Nationally the UK woke up on Friday morning to discover Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election backfired in spectacular fashion as she lost the Conservatives’ majority in the House of Commons as Labour made significant gains.
However in East Surrey and Sevenoaks the Conservatives tightened their grip on the constituencies.
In East Surrey, where there was a 72 per cent turnout, Sam Gyimah was returned as the MP with 35, 310 votes. He had an increased share of the vote at 59.6% (+2.2%) and lodged the largest Conservative vote in the constituency since 1970.
Other candidates were:
David Lee Liberal Democrats 6197
Andy Parr Independent 2973
Benedict Southworth Green Party [The] 1100
Hitesh Tailor Labour Party [The] 11396
Helena Windsor United Kingdom Independence Party 2227
In Sevenoaks Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon was returned as MP with 32,644 votes. Other candidates were:
Labour Chris Clark 10,727
Liberal Democrat Alan Bullion 4,280
UKIP Graham Cushway 1,894
Green Philip Dodd 1,673
Photo by Kevin Black shows Team Gyimah celebrating - Sam Gyimah with wife Nicki, Tandridge District Council Leader Martin Fisher, Eithne Webster, former Oxted Surrey County Councillor Nick Skellet and his support staff and helpers.