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Tories gain seats from Labour in London


Tories make some seat gains in London

The Conservatives have gained seats from Labour across London, but not in some key marginals.

The Tories have gained a net total of seven seats in London, including Harrow East, and Ealing Central and Acton.

But they failed to make gains from Labour in Westminster North, and Tooting. Labour also held Barking, where the BNP's Nick Griffin was third.

All 73 London seats have now been called. Labour won 38, the Tories won 28 and the Liberal Democrats seven.

There was a 2.5% swing from Labour to the Conservatives across the capital.

Tory Zac Goldsmith gained Richmond Park from the Lib Dems. The Tories also gained Brentford and Isleworth, Croydon Central and Hendon from Labour.

The Conservatives made gains from Labour in the target seats of Battersea and Croydon Central and held Enfield Southgate, Kensington, and Putney and Wimbledon.

Labour retook Bethnal Green and Bow, after losing the seat to the Respect Party in 2005. Labour's Rushanara Ali ended up with a majority of 11,574 votes, in a 14.1% swing from Respect.

'Moral battle'

Meanwhile, Labour Environment Minister Jim Fitzpatrick held on to Poplar and Limehouse, 6,030 votes ahead of Tory Tim Archer who came second. Respect's George Galloway came third in the seat, receiving 8,160 votes.

The Lib Dems gained Brent Central from Labour and held Carshalton and Wallington, Twickenham, Kingston and Surbiton, Sutton and Cheam, and Hornsey and Wood Green.

Labour minister Margaret Hodge saw off a challenge by the British National Party (BNP) in Barking in a win she called the "moral battle of her life".

Tory Zac Goldsmith

She retained the seat with a majority of more than 16,000 after gaining 24,628 votes.

BNP party leader Nick Griffin was beaten into third place, with 6,620 votes, by the Conservatives who managed 8,073 votes.

Meanwhile, Tory Bob Blackman gained Harrow East from Labour candidate Tony McNulty, with a 7% swing.

Mr McNulty quit as employment minister in 2009 after it emerged he had been claiming expenses for a house where his parents lived, just eight miles away from his main home.

Elsewhere, Labour cabinet member Siddique Khan held the seat of Tooting. He said his campaign was a "positive response to smears".

Labour's Glenda Jackson just held on to Hampstead and Kilburn, in a tight three-way race with the Tories and Lib Dems.

She gained 17,332 votes, despite a 6.7% swing to the Tories on 17,290 votes.

Labour also held on to Westminster North and Hammersmith, other key Tory target seats.

'Great night'

Emily Thornberry held on to Islington South and Finsbury for Labour.

Her majority was previously just more than 500 votes - with the seat one of the Lib Dems' key targets. But Labour increased their majority.

Jeremy Corbyn, who held on to his Labour seat in Islington North, called it a "great night" for the party in Islington.

Earlier, Tory Jane Ellison took Battersea from Labour with a swing of 6.5%.

Labour's 2005 majority in the constituency was just 0.8%, making it a so-called "ultra-marginal" seat and one of the Conservatives' key London targets.

Shadow minister for London Justine Greening, who held Putney for the Tories, said she hoped a Conservative government would "sort out the mess" left by the Labour administration under Gordon Brown.

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