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.
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