Voters head to the polls in Horsham district for general election

General election 2015
General election 2015

Voters from the Horsham district will head to the polls today in one of the tightest general elections in living memory.

National opinion polls have shown Conservatives and Labour neck and neck over the last few days, and even if one party emerges the winner, neither are expected to have a majority of MPs in the House of Commons.

Candidates in Horsham hoping to replace Tory Francis Maude as MP are UKIP’s Roger Arthur, Labour’s Martyn Davis, Jim Duggan of the Peace Party, the Green Party’s Darrin Green, Morwen Millson for the Lib Dems, Conservative Jeremy Quin, independent Jim Rae, and James Smith of Something New (link to each of profiles).

Meanwhile the five candidates standing in the neighbouring Arundel and South Downs constituency are UKIP’s Peter Grace, Conservative Nick Herbert, Lib Dem Shweta Kapadia, Isabel Thurston for the Green Party, and Labour’s Christopher Wellbelove.

In 2010’s general election 55,841 people cast their votes in Horsham - a turnout of 72.7 per cent.

In Arundel and South Downs this number was 55,982 at a lower turnout of 72.2 per cent.

Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm, with Horsham District Council elections running alongside the national poll.

A full list of HDC candidates in each ward can be found by clicking here.

In 2010’s general election Sussex returned 13 Conservative MPs, two Lib Dems and one Green, with six seats changing hands.

Whatever happens across Sussex, several constituencies are guaranteed to return new MPs with politicians standing down in Bexhill and Battle, Horsham, Wealden, and Hove.

According to the Met Office voters heading out today can expect a dry and mostly sunny day across Sussex.

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