Published: 00:00, 08 May 2015
Helen Whately is the new MP for Faversham and Mid Kent.
The result was announced by the deputy returning officer at 6.36am.
Mrs Whately’s victory had hardly seemed in doubt since she had inherited a safe Tory seat from her popular predecessor Sir Hugh Robertson.
Her constituency includes much of the borough of Maidstone.
At the last election in 2010, Sir Hugh gained a majority of 17,088 over second placed Dave Naghi (Lib Dem).
Mrs Whately achieved a majority of 16,652 over the second-placed Ukip candidate..
She said: "I am so thrilled; this is such an honour!"
It will be her first time as MP for the 38-year-old mother of three, who previously stood for her party unsuccessfully in 2010 for the Kingston and Surbiton constituency.
Faversham and Mid Kent has always been Conservative since it was formed in 1997.
The full result was:
Helen Whately (Con) 24,895
Peter Edwards-Daem (Ukip) 8,243
Michael Desmond (Lab)7,403
Dave Naghi (Lib Dem) 3,039
Tim Valentine (Green) 1,768
Hairy Knorm Davidson (Raving Looney) 297
Gary Butler (Eng Dem) 158
The turnout was 68%.
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