A Sussex constituency looks set to elect its first Liberal Democrat MP at the next general election, according to one election forecast.

According to Election Maps UK, the Liberal Democrats are forecast to win Mid Sussex from the Conservatives next year by just over 1,000 votes.

The forecast puts the Liberal Democrats on 31.1 per cent, with the Conservatives on 29.1 per cent and Labour in third with 26.7 per cent.

Following boundary changes, the Mid Sussex constituency will cover Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and Hassocks at the next general election.

Mid Sussex’s current Conservative MP, Mims Davies, will stand in the new East Grinstead and Uckfield constituency at the next general election.

Alison Bennett, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats on Mid Sussex District Council and the party’s parliamentary candidate for Mid Sussex, said: “Mid Sussex is going to be a really close fight between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives at the next general election.

“Whilst this is only a projection, it gives hope to everyone here who wants to have a hand in showing this awful Conservative government the door.

“Every vote is going to count, and I will be doing all I can to build the trust and support of Mid Sussex residents.”

It comes as the Conservative Party announced their candidate to contest Mid Sussex at the next election, Kristy Adams.

Ms Adams, who previously stood as an MP in Hove in 2017, is reported to have claimed that she healed a man’s hearing through the power of prayer.

Another election forecaster, Electoral Calculus, forecasts a close race between the Conservatives and Labour in Mid Sussex.

The Tories are forecast to win 34.6 per cent of the vote if an election was held tomorrow, with Labour on 30.2 per cent and the Liberal Democrats third with 22.3 per cent.

Although the date of the next general election has yet to be announced, political pundits expect voters to go to the polls either in May or in the autumn of next year.