Saturday, March 25News For London

Labour wins again in Brent despite national failure

Labour MP candidates Barry Gardiner and Dawn Butler kept their seats in Brent again in the UK’s general election in 2019, although the Labour Party faced a landslide failure nation-wide.

Gardiner, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, has been the MP for Brent North for 22 years. He won 26,911 votes this year, a significant drop compared with 35,496 votes two years ago. 

Barry Gardiner, by Bowen Jiang

Butler witnessed her vote share drop from 10 percent to 63 percent compared with what she achieved in 2017. She has served Brent Central for four years and is now Shadow Women & Equalities Secretary.

Dawn Butler giving a speech after her victory in Brent Central, by Bowen Jiang

Despite a victory in Brent, the Labour Party lost to Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party in the general election in 2019. Conservatives won 365 seats, while Labour only had 203. The Independent said it is the biggest Tory majority since Margaret Thatcher. 

24 Labour held heartland seats that were never won by the Tories before have been lost to them, said the Telegraph. 

“I am very devastated by the fact that all of these people who are hoping and praying for a Labour government because of the difference it will make to their lives,” said Gardiner after the result came out, “And there are people who needed decent housing, those people who needed childcare, and the people who wanted to be able to start their lives, as adult free of debt, are now not going to have that opportunity.”

Johnson said in his victory speech on 14 December: “This selection means that getting Brexit done is now the irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people.”

“In winning this election, we have won votes and the trust of people who have never voted Conservative before and people have always voted for other parties,” he said. “Those people want change.”

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