Opening salvos were a close call after a ‘disappointing’ turnout

Godfrey Daniel
Godfrey Daniel

THE OPENING salvos of the election were a close call as neither candidate managed to secure more than 50 per cent of the first choice votes.

With the Tory frontrunner only managing 32 per cent of first choice votes, the bottom three candidates were eliminated and their supporters’ second choice votes distributed to the top two.

In total, once the second choices had been redistributed, Mrs Bourne secured 80,028 votes compared to the 55,602 people across the county who backed Godfrey Daniel.

David Rogers, the Liberal Democrat choice, managed 20,579 first choice votes, UKIP’s Tony Armstrong polled 29,327 and the only independent candidate, Ian Chisnall, managed to end up third overall with 38,930 votes.

Just 15 per cent of registered voters turned out across Sussex with 10,400 voting in Hastings.

And Cllr Daniel believes it could have been a different story if more voters had turned out.

He said: “Turnout was disappointing.

“If it had been higher in places like Crawley, Brighton and Hastings where crime was most significant then the result might have been better for me.

“I am disappointed not to win but encouraged that we did so well.

“We had a lot of support across the board.

“I will continue as a magistrate and a councillor now and represent the good people of Hastings where we have so many friends.”