Amber Rudd received 22,686 votes too see off stiff competition in the form of Labour candidate Sarah Owen, who received 17,890 votes. The ten per cent gap between the two candidates was more than some expected, as support for Sarah Owen in the area has been very visible and vocal over the campaign.
UKIP are officially the third largest party in Hastings and Rye after their candidate Andrew Michael, of Channel 4 Gogglebox fame managed to snatch 13% of the overall vote in the constituency.
Jake Bowers, the Green Party candidate received 1,951 votes and four percent of the vote, in a night which saw the Green Party retain their one seat in Parliament via Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion. However, the main celebrations from Jake Bower's twitter account were directed at the failings of Labour and the other larger political parties who had suffered great casualties in this year's elections.
Nick Perry was gracious in his defeat after only managing to convince three per cent of Hastings and Rye voters that he was the right man for the job. On an evening which Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg described as a "cruel and punishing night for Liberal Democrats", Nick Perry's loss was probably one of the more predictable. The LibDems also lost vital seats in Eastbourne and Lewes and saw key party figures such as Business Secretary Vince Cable and Chief Secretary to the Treasurer Danny Alexander ousted from Parliament after losing their seats.