General Election results for South and South East

Results from constituencies across the South and South East have come into the Meridian newsroom overnight and through the morning. The Conservatives have won an absolute majority nationwide. David Cameron remains Prime Minister.

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Rehman Chishti tightens his grip on Gillingham and Rainham

Conservative Rehman Chisti has tightened his grip on the seat of Gillingham and Rainham with a 1.8% increase in his share of the vote.

Mr Chisti pushed Labour into second place, with former MP Paul Clark managing to poll just 12,060 votes - compared with 22,590 picked up by the Tories.

UKIP finished in third place but picked up more than 9,000 votes.

Winchester: Steve Brine MP 'flattered' to win seat again

The MP for Winchester, Steve Brine, has said that he feels flattered to have won the Winchester seat for a second time.

The politician attracted 30,425 votes, almost 17,000 votes more than his closest rival the Liberal Democrat Jackie Porter. Seventy-four percent of the local electorate turned out to the polls to cast their votes.

Steve Brine and supporters celebrate the MP's win at Winchester

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Caroline Lucas: 'our voting system is broken'

The re-elected MP for Brighton Pavilion, the former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has called for a reform of the voting system.

The politician held on to the Green Party's only parliamentary seat, winning 22,871 votes in the Brighton Pavilion constituency. However, more than a million people cast votes for Green candidates - Ms Lucas says that means there is something wrong with our voting system and she called for electoral reform, saying she would ally herself with other parties or organisations calling for change - including UKIP which also has just one MP after winning more than 3.7 million votes.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas making her declaration speech after retaining Brighton Pavilion seat

"I think it's a real travesty over a million people voted Green up and down the country and yet that's been translated into just one seat.

"I'm feeling fairly confident that as a result of what we've seen tonight there will be a real movement outside of Parliament, a real anger for people wanting voting reform."

– Caroline Lucas, Brighton Pavilion MP
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