Conservatives win Newark by-election

The Conservative Party has won the Newark by-election

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  1. Carl Dinnen

Newark: '53% turnout high for a by-election'

A ballot box is emptied before it the votes are counted. Credit: ITV News/Carl Dinnen

Turnout at the Newark by election looks like having been around 53% - high for a by election.

A party source has told ITV News that with the mainly urban areas (which favour Ukip over the Tories) counted the numbers look like Cons 37%, Ukip 33%, Labour 18%, Lib Dems 2%.

Labour are briefing that the Conservatives have thrown everything from the kitchen sink to the Aga at this and still lost a lot of votes to Ukip.

The Conservatives say if they win this it'll be their first by election victory whilst in Government for 25 years.

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  1. Carl Dinnen

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.

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.

Newark by-election: Tories tipped to win as polls close

The Conservatives are deemed favourites to hold Newark. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Polls have closed in the Newark parliamentary by-election triggered by disgraced ex-Tory Patrick Mercer's decision to stand down.

The Conservatives are on course to hold off the threat from Ukip but only with a massively-reduced majority, according to polling.

Mr Mercer, who quit over what a sleaze watchdog said was the worst breach of transparency rules it had dealt with, won by 16,152 votes from Labour in 2010.

Ukip has put up MEP Roger Helmer - re-elected to the European Parliament in the party's "earthquake" victory last month - to take on Conservative Robert Jenrick in the constituency.

Newark voters to choose new MP

A voter places a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

Voters in Newark will elect a new Member of Parliament today to replace ex-Tory Patrick Mercer.

There are 11 candidates in the by-election: Robert Jenrick (C); Michael Payne (Lab); David Watts (Lib Dem); David Kirwan (Green); Paul Baggaley (Ind); David Bishop (Bus Pass Elvis);

Nick The Flying Brick (Monster Raving Loony); Andy Hayes (Ind); Roger Helmer (Ukip); Dick Rodgers (Stop Commercial Banks Owning Britain's Money); Lee Woods (Patriotic Socialist).

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