Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.
The constituency of East Sussex and Kent South was one of them.
It consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Bexhill and Battle, Eastbourne, Hastings and Rye, Lewes, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, and Wealden.
Jack Stewart-Clark of the Conservatives was the MEP for the constituency's entire existence; he had previously represented the old constituency of Sussex East since 1979.