Mims Davies, the Conservative candidate, has become Eastleigh’s first female MP in a spectacular turn of fortune for the Tories who have converted a highly marginal seat into a safe one with a 9,000 vote majority while defeating the Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton and breaking a 21 year reign in Eastleigh for the Lib Dems in the process.
The Lib Dems finished second in 2013 and Ukip failed to replicate their 2013 by-election success by finishing third
The poor result mirrors the National trend for the Lib Dems who are facing their biggest ever electoral defeat.
The local election results for seats on the Borough or Parish councils will follow a count this morning at 10.30.
Full report on all results to follow….