Conservatives’ Peter Heaton-Jones ousts Nick Harvey from North Devon seat.

North Devon’s MP of 23 years has been ousted from his seat as the Conservatives secured their grip on the constituency.

Peter Heaton-Jones reclaimed North Devon for the Tories in yesterday’s election for the first time in more than two decades.

He received 22,341 votes - a majority of 13.3 per cent.

Mr Harvey received 15,405 votes, and in third place was Steve Crowther of UKIP with 7,719 votes.

Mark Cann, for Labour, received 3,699 votes; Ricky Knight for the Green Party got 3,018 votes and Gerrard Sables, Communist, got 138 votes.

The North Devon seat, held by Liberal Democrat Nick Harvey since 1992, was earmarked by Conservatives as a top priority for the General Election.

Mr Heaton-Jones, who moved to North Devon from Swindon to represent the constituency, has thrown himself into his election campaign.

High profile visitors included the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative leader of the Commons.

The result of the Torridge count is expected later today.