BORIS HOLDS HIS SEAT AND HIS POST

HILLINGDON KEEPS ALL ITS IN­CUM­BENT MPS BUT SEES SIG­NIF­I­CANT SWING TO­WARDS LABOUR

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DE­SPITE a tu­mul­tuous elec­tion night across the coun­try the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hillingdon chose to re­tain all its MPs on elec­tion day.

Turnouts for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, Hayes and Har­ling­ton and Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner were all higher than the 2015 elec­tion.

Both Tory seats were won with healthy ma­jori­ties but Labour made sig­nif­i­cant gains in both to go with John McDon­nell fur­ther ex­tend­ing his lead.

Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip

The first seat to be called at Brunel Univer­sity’s count was awarded to Boris John­son, who in­creased his vote count to 23,716, up from 22,511 in 2015.

The For­eign Sec­re­tary ar­rived at the sports hall and was briskly whisked through to the count­ing area where he turned his back to the gath­ered me­dia.

He made a brief ac­cep­tance speech, re­fus­ing to com­ment on ru­mours he will be vy­ing to take on Theresa May in a lead­er­ship con­test.

The main story from the con­stituency was the huge Labour swing, with can­di­date Vin­cent Lo in­creas­ing the party’s vote count by around 7,000 and halv­ing the gap be­tween Tories and Labour to just 5,000.

“It’s early to com­ment on the events un­fold­ing tonight in this Gen­eral Elec­tion but one thing is ab­so­lutely clear I think to all of us who are be­ing elected as MPs tonight across our fan­tas­tic coun­try and that is we’ve got to lis­ten to our con­stituents and lis­ten to their con­cerns,” said Mr John­son.

The com­ments ap­pear to be a re­ac­tion to a worse per­for­mance by the Con­ser­va­tives than ex­pected.

Boris John­son – CON – 23,716 Vin­cent Lo – LAB – 18,682 Rosina Rob­son – LD 1,835 El­iz­a­beth Kemp – UKIP –1,577 Mark Keir –GREEN – 884 Turnout 66.87% Spoiled bal­lots – 83

Hayes and Har­ling­ton

From the sec­ond he walked in, John McDon­nell told the press “as soon as we get the op­por­tu­nity we will form a govern­ment”.

The in­cum­bent, who has been Shadow Chan­cel­lor for more than two years, re­tained his seat, boost­ing his ma­jor­ity from around 15,000 to over 18,000 votes.

The leader vowed to con­tinue to work hard within the com­mu­nity as an MP as well as rais­ing con­cerns in par­lia­ment, a state­ment which may re­fer to a fu­ture front bench role in a pos­si­ble Labour govern­ment.

“The elec­torate wanted to talk about more than Brexit,” he said.

“They wanted to talk about what’s hap­pen­ing in our health ser­vice: the wait­ing lists go­ing up, peo­ple be­ing treated in cor­ri­dors, the un­der­fund­ing but also to be frank the ex­ploita­tion of our health staff.

“It can­not be right that in the fifth largest econ­omy in the world we have nurses who have to de­pend on food banks to sur­vive.”

Greg Smith, the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date who came sec­ond, caused a stir by call­ing Mr McDon­nell a com­mu­nist.

“I sin­cerely hope as the re­sults un­fold that there is a Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment elected to gov­ern us for the next Par­lia­ment and not a gov- ern­ment that is in­spired by Das Kap­i­tal, Chair­man Mao’s Lit­tle Red Book and the things we have seen un­cov­ered from the modern ex­treme left Labour Party.”

The com­ments were met with boos and heck­les of “grow up” not just from Labour sup­port­ers but also among Greens and Lib Dems. John McDon­nell – LAB – 31,792 Greg Smith – CON – 13,681 Cliff Dixon – UKIP – 1,153 Bill New­ton Dunn – LD – 601 John Bow­man – GREEN– 571 Turnout 65.41% Spoiled Bal­lots – 118

Boris John­son at the count at Brunel Univer­sity, Uxbridge

CHRIS RAFFERTY/ GETTY IM­AGES

John McDon­nell ar­rives at Labour HQ on Fri­day morn­ing

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