Turnout in Lewisham East by-election just 33%

Votes are being counted in Lewisham East where Janet Daby is expected to become Labour's newest MP.

Only a third of eligible voters cast their ballot in the by-election triggered by former Labour MP Heidi Alexander's decision to quit Westminster to take up a job with London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Ms Alexander had a massive majority of 21,213 in the south-east London constituency at the 2017 general election.

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The Conservatives finished second in 2017 with the Liberal Democrats a distant third.

But Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable has campaigned in the seat and party insiders expect an improved performance in a constituency which voted heavily to Remain in the European Union.

A Liberal Democrat source said he was "relatively confident" of leapfrogging the Conservatives and securing second place.

Ballot papers being counted during the Lewisham East by-election at Lewisham Civic Suite, in Catford, south London (Yui Mok/PA)
Ballot papers being counted during the Lewisham East by-election at Lewisham Civic Suite, in Catford, south London (Yui Mok/PA)

The official turnout has been announced by officials as 33.4% - well below the 69% who voted in the 2017 general election.

The full list of candidates is:

- Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah - Green Party

- Ross Archer - Conservative

- Charles Carey - no description

- Janet Daby - Labour

- Massimo DiMambro - Democrats and Veterans Party

- Sean Finch - Libertarian Party

- Patrick Gray - Radical Party

- Thomas Hall - Young People's Party

- Howling Laud Hope - Monster Raving Loony Party

- David Kurten - Ukip

- Maureen Martin - Christian Peoples Alliance

- Mandu Reid - Women's Equality Party

- Lucy Salek - Liberal Democrats

- Anne Marie Waters - For Britain Movement