Only in one part of the south east was the Tory tide halted - Brighton.
Andy Dickenson reports on how the Greens and Labour meant that the night wasn't quite a Conservative clean sweep.
We hear from new MP Peter Kyle, Labour winner in Hove, and the Green MP Caroline Lucas of Brighton Pavilion.
Video. Brighton and Hove plays host to the Green Party Conference this weekend. Brighton, of course, is home to the country's only Green MP and Green-led council.
Over the ext couple of days, leaders will unveil a radical manifesto including renationalising the railways, and a ban on advertising targeting children. But how much support is there for Green politics? Our correspondent Malcolm Shaw has been finding out.
The Councillor for Hanover and Elm Grove, Matt Follett has resigned due to moving outside of the city with his family.
A by election will be called within 35 days time excluding weekends and bank holidays.
Council leader Jason Kitcat said: "I wish Matt and his family all the very best for the future.
"I want to thank him for his hard work serving the residents of Hanover and Elm Grove ward over the past two years"
Brighton council is facing a by-election after one of its Green councillors quit over the weekend.
The local authority is already a hung council, with the Green leader Jason Kitcat blocking a move to replace him last week.
The cross-party Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) has today called for a review of drug policy, saying that government action is needed "now, more than ever" to consider all of the alternatives to the UK’s failing drug laws.
Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said:
“The Greens warmly welcome this cross party call for a complete rethink of the UK’s drug policy, and the clear recognition of the need for an evidence-based approach to reducing drug related harms."
She added: “The committee is absolutely right that the principal aim of Government drugs policy should be first and foremost to minimise the damage caused to the victims of drug-related crime, drug users and others."
“However, it should follow this logic and examine ways to tackle drugs supply as well as use."
The Green Party will announce who will replace Caroline Lucas MP as leader later.
The Brighton Pavilion MP announced she would be standing down as leader earlier this year to make way for a new generation of activists to enter parliament.
The 51-year-old will continue to serve her Sussex constituency.
The Leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas is to step down this September. She joins Phil Hornby to explain why.
The Leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas is to step down this September. The Brighton Pavilion MP became the party's first Member of Parliament in 2010. She's stepping down to make way for new talent.