It’s been a storming night for Labour as the party takes over three conservative seats in Battersea, Croydon Central and Enfield Southgate
London woke up to a sea of Labour red across the capital’s election maps, aided by a surge in younger voters. Jeremy Corbyn secured a significant win in his constituency of Islington North (40,086, a whopping 73% of the vote) with the borough receiving its largest turnout since 1951.
The Tories saw losses in key marginal seats, with six London constituencies switching allegiance. Conservative Housing Minister Gavin Barwell, the author of ‘How to Win a Marginal Seat’, lost his Croydon Central seat to Labour MP Sarah Jones. A surprise loss for the Conservatives was seen in Kingston and Surbiton, which went to the Lib Dems, and Vince Cable managed to win back his Lib Dem seat – with a majority of nearly 10,000 – after losing it to Tory MP Dr Tania Mathias in 2015.
Meanwhile London ‘swing seat’ Brentford and Isleworth saw a landslide win for Labour’s Ruth Cadbury, securing a majority of over 12,000.
There were more surprises over in Richmond Park, which went the other way and switched from Lib Dem to Conservative, electing former Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, who beat Sarah Olney by just 45 votes. Right now, all eyes are on Kensington, where the Conservatives have demanded a THIRD recount, putting a delay on the final result of the General Election. At the moment, it’s looking too close to call:
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