Tuesday 17 October 2017

Labour just made history by winning Kensington seat

Emma Dent Coad secured victory with just 20 votes.

By Nilima Marshall

Labour may not have secured enough seats to form their own government but they did manage to stage a major upset to take the London seat of Kensington by a hair’s breadth to end the 2017 General Election.

Almost 24 hours after the polls closed, Emma Dent Coad saw off Tory incumbent Victoria Borwick, overturning the former city deputy mayor’s 7,000 majority from 2015 by just 20 votes in a large swing to the opposition.

It took a third recount to get the result on Friday evening, but now for the first time in history, the west London seat which had been in the hands of the Conservatives since its establishment in 1974 belongs to Labour.

Although, the internet had a lot to say about how much time it took to finally declare a victor.

The Conservatives also suffered another surprising defeat in Canterbury, a seat which they have held for the last 99 years.

In an unexpected turn of events, the Tories lost the constituency for the first time since the First World War, with Labour’s Rosie Duffield securing 25,572 votes to dislodge Tory candidate Sir Julian Brazier with a margin of just 187 votes.

It means that the Tories end the campaign with 318 seats to Labour’s 262, eight shy of an overall majority.

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