Both Labour and the Greens increased their share as Hackney returned their incumbent Labour MPs – local residents have consistently supported the party since the late 1970s. The Green Party rose hugely in popularity, while UKIP made an entry into Hackney South and Shoreditch.
Diane Abbott held her seat with a 63 per cent vote share in Hackney North and Stoke Newington, a traditional Labour stronghold. The Greens gained a massive amount of traction, more than tripling their vote share from 4.6 per cent in 2010 to 14.6 per cent. The Liberal Democrats lost over 8,000 votes since the last election, plummeting from a 24 to a 5 per cent share of the vote.
In Hackney South and Shoreditch, Meg Hillier successfully defended the Labour seat with 64 per cent of the vote, a substantial majority. The Greens also made significant gains, receiving 5,519 votes – a 370 per cent increase on their 2010 result. UKIP, which did not contest the last election, made a small but increased splash with 1,818 votes this time around.
By David Blood, Kara Fox and Dawn Tan