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Reaction to London results

The three main parties and a politics expert give their reaction to the general election results in London

JUSTINE GREENING, CONSERVATIVE SPOKESMAN FOR LONDON

I think we did really well and we took seats off both main parties.

We also made inroads into a huge number of other seats such as Hampstead and Highgate, where we ran Labour so close.

And even in seats such as Tooting, where Labour hung on, we increased our vote by about 60%, which is phenomenal.

So clearly we are reaching out to a whole host of Londoners who have not voted for us before and we have made inroads into the capital and you can see that from the seats which we won.

TESSA JOWELL, LABOUR MINISTER FOR LONDON

From the results that have been declared so far, Labour in London has exceeded expectations.

The Tories and Liberal Democrats will be extremely disappointed.

We have had some fantastic results in London with Sadiq Khan winning Tooting, Andy Slaughter winning Hammersmith, Karen Buck winning Westminster North and Emily Thornberry actually increasing her majority from 484 to 3569 in Islington South.

And I am delighted that Margaret Hodge has decisively beaten the BNP's Nick Griffin in Barking and doubled her majority.

Just two days ago the Tories were predicting a landslide in London, winning seats like Hayes and Harlington.

The Tories will be bitterly disappointed not to have performed better in the capital.

It is clear that Boris Johnson's police cuts and hikes in bus fares were very unpopular with Londoners.

TOM BRAKE, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT SPOKESMAN FOR LONDON

Our share of the vote did go up, albeit only marginally, but as people know, the system never rewards Liberal Democrat voters with the appropriate number of seats.

I don't think the electorate have rewarded anyone with their total trust.

I think the electorate have said to all the major political parties, 'we need you to work together and approach this in a mature fashion'.

TONY TRAVERS, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

The three parties are all saying they won in London but you can easily interpret it as saying they all lost.

The Conservatives were hoping to win this election outright - they haven't; Labour have lost seats in London and the Lib Dems have done less well than the 'bounce' suggested.

But it does appear the Labour Party has managed to do significantly better than they were expecting.

Labour thought they were going to lose seats like Hampstead and Kilburn, Westminster North and Hammersmith - which they have held.

So like in the mayoral elections between Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson two years ago, inner London has come out and voted for Labour which has helped them.

In outer London, and beyond, the Conservatives have done very well, like in Richmond.

It was a shock result - it does make me wonder whether the Lib Dems' dalliance with the 'mansion tax' might not have been terribly popular out there.

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