Robert Jenrick has been speaking after his victory in the Newark by-election.
Mr Jenrick won the seat with a majority vote of over 7,000 and said:
"Of course we're aware of national issues but what we wanted to show - and I think people recognise this - was that in a Westminster election you're choosing someone who'll be a great constituency MP for Newark and that's obviously what I aspire to be."
The Conservative's Robert Jenrick has won the Newark by-election with a majority of over 7,000.
Other candidates scored the following votes:
Nick the Flying Brick (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party) - 168
Andy Hayes (Independent) - 117
David Bishop (Bus-Pass Elvis Party) - 87
Dick Rogers (Stop Commercial Banks Owning Britain's Money) - 64
Lee Woods (Patriotic Socialist Party) - 18
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.
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.