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Smith ousted by Tories in South Basildon
2:10am Friday 7th May 2010 in Local News
Tory candidate Stephen Metcalfe emerged victorious over Labour's Angela Smith.
Mr Metcalfe polled 19,624 and Mrs Smith polled 13,852.
The seat was always difficult for Mrs Smith to win because of boundary changes and Labour's poor showing in the polls.
The loss will be a personal tragedy for Mrs Smith, who has served as a close aid to Gordon Brown and a senior minister in the Cabinet Office.
Mrs Smith, who was born in Pitsea, was visibly upset when the votes were read out by returning officer Bala Mahendran.
Mrs Smith: "I've been very proud to have been the MP for Basildon and East Thurrock for 13 years. Tonight, we have loaned the seat to the Conservatives, but that is a short-term loan and we intend to take it back.
Mr Metcalfe said: "I'm thankful people have put their trust in me and I will be open and honest with them and demonstrate integrity in everythin I do."
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