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SE­NIOR Labour MPs joined jour­nal­ist and ac­tivist Owen Jones in Uxbridge to cam­paign to oust Boris John­son from his par­lia­men­tary seat.

Keir Starmer, Emily Thorn­berry, Rupa Huq and Mar­sha de Cor­dova were all present at the ‘Un­seat Boris John­son’ rally on Sun­day July 23.

Labour sup­port­ers and oppo- nents of the Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP over­spilled from the hall at the Hilling­don Civic Cen­tre, in Uxbridge, to hear the MPs and Mr Jones speak.

They also took to the cam­paign trail spread­ing out across the con­stituency after Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn promised the party would con­tinue cam­paign­ing through­out the par­lia­men­tary summer re­cess.

The party, which was buoyed by a far bet­ter than ex­pected re­sult in the general elec­tion is “con­tinu- ously in cam­paign mode” un­til the next elec­tion, Mr Cor­byn said.

Mr John­son was first elected to his west Lon­don seat after fin­ish­ing his sec­ond term as Mayor of Lon­don in 2015, with a ma­jor­ity of around 10,000 seats.

De­spite the for­eign sec­re­tary win­ning more votes than the pre­vi­ous elec­tion, he lost half his ma­jor­ity at the June 2017 snap elec­tion, with a swing of 13.6% to Labour’s Vin­cent Lo.

The MPs spoke to hun­dreds of peo­ple in the Civic Cen­tre and cam­paigned around the con­stituency.

Uxbridge has re­turned a nonCon­ser­va­tive MP just twice, John Ryan in 1966 and Frank Beswick in 1945.

A lo­cal Labour party mem­ber said that the visit meant they were able to speak with peo­ple who have not had any cam­paign­ing be­fore.

Mr Jones said: “We can take this seat, but only if we cam­paign now.

“A general elec­tion can hap­pen at any point and we are ready and wait­ing to take the mes­sage out there.”

A general elec­tion can hap­pen at any point and we are ready and wait­ing to take the mes­sage out there Owen Jones

Writer and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist Owen Jones was joined by MPs Keir Starmer and Mar­sha de Cor­dova

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