Long Bai­ley de­lighted to be voted in again

Manchester Evening News - - GENERAL ELECTION 2019 -

JEREMY Cor­byn loy­al­ist Re­becca Long Bai­ley was re­turned to West­min­ster with a huge vote.

Last time she had a 19,000 ma­jor­ity in Sal­ford and Ec­cles, this time it was 16,327.

It was a huge en­dorse­ment for a woman con­sis­tently spo­ken of as a po­ten­tial fu­ture Labour leader.

Re­becca Long-Bai­ley said: “It’s an hon­our to be­come an MP for Sal­ford again.

“It’s been dif­fi­cult for peo­ple in Sal­ford over the last five years and it’s grad­u­ally got worse and worse in my time as an MP. “

Labour Party also held Stretford and Urmston.

Af­ter 69.4pc of vot­ers turned out across the con­stituency and 155 spoilt bal­lot pa­pers were dis­counted, Kate Green was re-elected to rep­re­sent the area with a 16,417 vote lead.

The Con­ser­va­tives held Altrincham and Sale West.

Af­ter 75.1pc of vot­ers turned out across the con­stituency and 173 spoilt bal­lot pa­pers were dis­counted, Sir Gra­ham Brady was re-elected to rep­re­sent the area with a 6,139 vote lead.

Labour’s Coun An­drew West­ern couldn’t quite close the 10,000 vote mar­gin be­tween him and Sir Gra­ham Brady seen at the 2017 election.

For­mer deputy leader of The House of Com­mons, Bar­bara Kee­ley, held Wors­ley and Ec­cles South for Labour af­ter a bit of a scare.

She was pushed all the way by Tory city coun­cil­lor, Rabbi Arnold Saun­ders, who came within 3,101 votes.

Ms Kee­ley, a Labour mod­er­ate, has oc­cu­pied the seat since it was cre­ated in 2010.

She won de­spite signs of cracks in Labour’s his­toric lo­cal sup­port.

Be­fore Ms Kee­ley and dur­ing the long reign of Labour MP Terry Lewis the Wors­ley con­stituency was rock solid red.

Some Labour stronghold­s have frac­tured.

In­de­pen­dents snatched seats off Labour at lo­cal elec­tions in Ir­lam and nearly won a seat in Cadishead.

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