The Conservatives will be tremendously relieved that their tightly organised battle plan worked in Newark.
The number of pubs going bust is rising because of tax increases on beer. That's what industry experts have told the Government.
National Grid has opened a new £4m training centre at Eakring, near Newark in Nottinghamshire.
Robert Jenrick saw off the threat from the eurosceptics to win the parliamentary seat for his party, but the Tory majority was cut significantly from from 16,152 to just 7,403.
Ukip surged from a distant fifth in 2010 to second, pushing Labour into third place while Liberal Democrat support was obliterated, leaving the candidate trailing in sixth place
Ukip MEP Roger Helmer increased the anti-European Union party's support from just 1,954 votes in 2010 to 10,028.
The Conservative Party has held the Newark seat vacated by Patrick Mercer.
Robert Jenrick has taken the seat with 17,431 votes.
They've started counting the votes here in Newark under the dome of the Great Chapel at Kelham Hall.
It's a wonderfully dramatic setting; usually these things happen in shabby leisure centres.
The final poll, by Survation, makes for a less dramatic sight.
It puts the Conservatives comfortably ahead on 42%, Ukip on 27%, Labour on a creditable 22% and the Lib Dems on a deposit-threatening 4%.
We expect a result in the early hours of the morning.
Latest Survation poll shows Tories on 42%, UKIP 27%, Lab 22% in #Newark
Counting well under way now here in Newark, with most expecting a predictable Tory win http://t.co/zlSauxUaQv
Polls have now closed in Newark as residents have been voting to decide who will replace Patrick Mercer.
The former Tory MP held the seat since 2001 but stood down this year after a cash for questions scandal.
Stay with us throughout the night as we bring you all the latest news from the counting.
You can also follow our Political Correspondent Paul Brand on Twitter for reaction.
Click here for the full list of the candidates who were running.
A by-election is taking place in Newark today to elect the new MP for the area.
It comes after the previous MP, Patrick Mercer, resigned in April.
The polls will open at 7:00am until 10:00pm.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has been out and about in Newark, Nottinghamshire, today as part of the campaign ahead of next week's by-election.
The by-election was triggered by the resignation of former MP Patrick Mercer amid a cash-for-questions scandal.
Eleven candidates are standing in total, including Mr Mercer's Conservative replacement Robert Jennrick. Others are hoping to overturn the Tories' previous majority of 16,000.
Eleven candidates are going head-to-head in the by-election in Newark, Nottinghamshire, sparked by the resignation of former MP Patrick Mercer.
Queen's Road in Newark, Nottinghamshire, is closed between B6166 North Gate / Water Lane and Sleaford Road / Appleton Gate due to emergency repairs to a hole which opened up in the road.
John Stapleton is joined by a panel of Midlands European Election candidates for The Lobby.
The Conservative's Dan Dalton, Linda Woodings for Labour, Liberal Democrat Phil Bennion and UKIP's Margot Parker discuss the 22nd May vote and the forthcoming by election in Newark.