Hastings and Rye (UK Parliament constituency)

Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1983 onwards

Hastings and Rye is a constituency of the UK Parliament [n 1] in East Sussex. It was created in 1983. Since then it has been held by the Conservative Party, apart from 1997 to 2010 when it held by Michael Foster for the Labour Party. Between 2010 and 2019 it was represented by Amber Rudd.[2] [n 2] Rudd was in the Theresa May's Cabinet. Between 2016 and 2018 she was Home Secretary, and between 2018 to 2019 she was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Since 2019 it has been represented by Sally-Ann Hart.

Hastings and Rye
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Hastings and Rye in East Sussex
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Location of East Sussex within England
CountyEast Sussex
Electorate80,524 (December 2019)[1]
Major settlementsHastings, Ore, Rye, St Leonards-on-Sea, Winchelsea
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentSally-Ann Hart (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromHastings, Rye

Election results

2019 general election: Hastings and Rye [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sally-Ann Hart 26,896 49.6 +2.7
Labour Peter Chowney 22,853 42.1 -4.1
Liberal Democrats Nick Perry 3,960 7.3 +3.9
Independent Paul Crosland 565 1.0 New
Majority 4,043 7.4 +6.8
Turnout 54,274 67.4 -4.2
Conservative hold Swing +3.4
  1. A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.


  1. "Election history of Hastings and Rye". members.parliament.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2022.
  2. "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. Jane Hartnell - Acting Returning Officer (14 November 2019). "Election of a Member of Parliament - Hastings and Rye Constituency" (PDF). Hastings Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2023. Retrieved 10 August 2023.