Conservative John Hayes had a comfortable victory in an opinion poll we ran at our South Holland and the Deepings hustings event on Thursday evening.
Everyone in the 200-plus crowd was handed a voting slip on arrival and asked to hand it in as they left.
Mr Hayes took 112 of the 214 votes, meaning he was backed by 52 per cent of the audience, down slightly from the 59 per cent he polled at the last election in 2010.
Second place went to UKIP’s David Parsons, who received 33 votes (15 per cent) - an increase of five per cent for the party from five years ago.
In third place was the Green party’s Dan Wilshire with 28 (13 per cent) - and that was an encouraging 12 per cent up on his party’s showing at the last election.
Matthew Mahabadi of Labour came fourth with 24 votes (11 per cent), which was three per cent down on the general election result. Finally, George Smid of the Liberal Democrats polled 12 votes which equated to six per cent and represented a nine per cent decline from 2010.
There was a lot of praise for Free Press and Guardian reporter Winston Brown, who chaired the event. So much so that he even took five votes (two per cent)!
Tory John Hayes receives 52 per cent of total vote in our vote