Election 2015 England

Election 2015: Sir Bob Russell loses Colchester seat

Sir Bob Russell
Image caption Sir Bob Russell said he hopes his successor enjoyed serving as Colchester's MP as much as he has

Long-standing Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell has lost his seat to the Conservatives.

First elected as MP for Colchester in 1997, he was returned in 2010 with a 7,000 majority.

He has lost his seat to Conservative Will Quince who was voted in with a 5,575 majority.

Sir Bob said: "Last week I thought it might happen. I got elected on a national tide in 1997 and the national tide has taken me out."

His ousting means the Liberal Democrats no longer have a seat in Essex.