Labour re-elected in Hackney constituencies


Meg Hillier wins Hackney South and Shoreditch. Photo: Kieron Yates

Hackney South and Shoreditch

After a fourteen hour wait, the incumbent Labour candidate Meg Hillier was named MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch in the General Election.

Ms Hillier secured a second term in the constituency with 23,888 votes; a 55% share of the ballot. Dave Raval of the Liberal Democrats came second with 9,600 while the Conservative party candidate Simon Nayyar came third with 5,800. Polly Lane of the Greens came fourth with 1,493.

Worn out by the wait. Photo: Edwina Pitman

Unusually high turnout rumoured to be up to 80% in some wards, was blamed for the huge delay in announcing the result. Counting of the votes did not begin until 11.30am Friday morning; thirteen and a half hours after polling booths had closed. A Hackney Council spokesman explained to waiting media that the three different elections in Hackney had also contributed to the problem as they were unable to start counting the general election votes until all three sets had been verified.

In her winning speech, Ms Hillier praised the stamina of all those who had stayed up overnight to count the ballot papers. Referring to the many circulating stories of voters being turned away from polling stations in Hackney she said:

‘It is vitally important that people get the chance to vote and we are taking this issue up…But the good news is that people in Hackney turned out in force and there’s political passion and political desire to engage in Hackney and that’s something we should all be grateful for.’

Speaking to EastLondonLines after the result, Ms Hillier said she and Diane Abbott MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington would both be putting in a formal complaint and request for an inquiry. She also said she thought it had been a problem of organisation rather than high turnout.

‘We need to make sure that people can vote. It’s quite simple maths really, we know how many people are entitled to vote and we know how long it takes to get them through the system. There can be times when it can be challenging…but actually, it’s just logistics, it’s something that should have been able to be sorted.’

You can hear the full interview with Meg Hillier here:

Candidate Party Votes
Paul Davis Communist League 110
Denny De La Haye Independent 95
Meg Hillier Labour and Co-Operative Party 23 888
Michael King UK Independence Party 651
Pollly Lane Green Party 1493
Simon Nayyar Conservative Party 5800
Benjamin Rae Liberal Party 539
Dave Raval Liberal Democrats 9600
Nurset Sen Direct Democracy (Communist) Party 202
Michael Spinks Independent 20
Jane Tuckett Independent 26
John Williams Christian Party 434

Electorate: 72,982

No: Ballot Papers Counted: 43,285

Turnout: 59.36%

Under fire returning officer Tim Shields congratulates Diane Abbott on victory. Photo: Kieron Yates

Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Diane Abbott held on to her Hackney and Stoke Newington seat with a majority of over 14,000. It will be the North London MP’s sixth consecutive term in office for the safe labour seat she first won in 1987  when she replaced Ernest Roberts.

The Liberal Democrats Keith Angus came second in the ballot with 11,092 votes and Conservative Party candidate Darren Caplan was third with 6759 votes.

Like her south Hackney counterpart, Meg Hillier, in her victory speech Abbott made reference to the voting problems of the night before,

“I think we can all reflect that the voters of Hackney and Stoke Newington deserve the chance to vote and there is no more sacred task for local government.”

Speaking to EastLondonLines, Ms Abbott said she was pleased by the high turnout in the borough which she believed demonstrated  people were not turning their backs on politics.

Candidate Party Votes
Diane Abbott Labour Party 25 553
Keith Angus Liberal Democrats 11 092
Darrren Caplan Conservatives 6 759
Maxine Hargreaves The Christian Party 299
Knigel Knapp Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party 182
Suzanne Moore Independent 258
Jack Pope-De-Locksley The Magna Carter Party 26
Mathew Sellwood The Green Party 2 133
Paul Shaer Independent 96
Alessandra Williams Independent 61

Electorate: 73,982

No: Ballot Papers Counted: 46,815

Turnout: 63.28%

Running against the trend across the rest of the country, the East End of London has seen the Labour vote consolidate. Meg Hillier and Diane Abbott received swings in their favour of one and nearly three per cent respectively. In East Ham sitting MP, Stephen Timms, saw his share of the vote grow by over 16 per cent.  In Bethnal Green Rushanara Ali,  Britain’s first woman Islamic parliamentarian, increased the Labour share of the vote by eight per cent.

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