Final polls have Tories 'comfortably ahead' in Newark

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.

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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.

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