Long Bailey delighted to be voted in again
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.