McDon­nell pledges to battle aus­ter­ity

Labour can­di­date wins seat for fifth time run­ning

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

JOHN McDon­nell pledged to wage war on aus­ter­ity as he was re­turned to par­lia­ment as Labour MP for Hayes & Har­ling­ton in the early hours of last Fri­day.

The out­spo­ken MP re­tained his seat, which he has held since 1997, with 26,843 votes – 59.6% of the con­stituency to­tal.

In a speech made af­ter the re­sults were an­nounced, Mr McDon­nell said: “The first time I was elected, in ’97, was one of the proud­est mo­ments of my life and it is with such pride that I now look back on the fourth oc­ca­sion I’ve been re-elected.

“What we showed in Hayes and Har­ling­ton to­day is the di­ver­sity of our com­mu­ni­ties com­ing to­gether, in peace and har­mony, to have an elec­tion which pro­duced a re­sult which I think re­flects the views of our lo­cal peo­ple. And we wanted change.

“I will work in par­lia­ment with any po­lit­i­cal party, any in­di­vid­ual MP, that will op­pose aus­ter­ity, be­cause this is about the pro­tec­tion of some of the most vul­ner­a­ble within our com­mu­nity.”

Mr McDon­nell said he ex­pected neigh­bour­ing MP Boris John­son, newly elected to Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, to show sol­i­dar­ity in op­pos­ing a third Heathrow run­way and would “join with me in ly­ing down in front of those bull­doz­ers if they come”.

The fi­nal count was an­nounced at Brunel Uni­ver­sity, in Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, at around 4am on Fri­day – the first of three hotly-awaited con­stituency re­sults.

Voter turnout for the con­stituency was 60.37% – up from 57.46% in 2010.

The Con­ser­va­tives’ Pearl Lewis was runnerup, with 11,143 votes; UKIP’s Cliff Dixon recorded 5,388; Lib­eral Demo­crat Sat­nam Khalsa 888; and the Green party’s Alick Munro, 794. The num­ber of spoiled votes was 142.

Ms Lewis said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions, of course, to John in his next few years as an MP and keep­ing the seat warm for the fu­ture.” If your boiler isn’t heat­ing as it should, Uxbridge heat­ing ex­perts right­gas are on hand to fix it for you. With right­gas, you’ll ben­e­fit from: A 12-month guar­an­tee across all re­pairs for your peace of mind. On­line book­ing sys­tem so you can book 24 hours a day. Over 10,000 boil­ers re­paired dur­ing the Win­ter.

n BACK AGAIN: Labour can­di­date John McDon­nell was cho­sen as MP for Hayes & Har­ling­ton for a fifth time last week

Photo by Clive Tagg

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