Labour victory in Bethnal Green and Bow

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow - Credit: Vickie Flores

Rushanara Ali, the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for Bethal Green and Bow, has been selected as the constituency’s member of parliament.

She won with 32,387 votes, and said she had enjoyed the campaign.

“I’m a campaigning politician,” she said. “The last five years in opposition has been incredibly difficult but one of the highlights has beenn working with local residents on issues that matter to them like the NHS.

“To our volunteers, Labour activists, our Labour councillors and assembly member John Biggs thank you for your extraordinary efforts here in London.

“We will have to work together and stay united against what is going to be a very difficult period ahead.

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“I have fought so hard for a Labour government which the east end desperately needs.”

Ali faced competition from 10 other political parties, who finished as follows:

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In second place was Matt Smith, for the Conservative Party with 8,070 votes.

Third was the Green Party’s Alistair Polson with 4,906.

Paula McQueen for UK Independence Party came fourth with 3,219.

In at fifth was Liberal Democrat Tina Lashmore with 2,395.

In sixth was Glyn Robbins of Left Unity – Trade Unionists and Socialists with 949.

Seventh was M Rowshan Ali of the Communities United Party with 356.

In eighth was Jonathan Berry of Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol with 303.

In ninth was Alasdair Iain Henderson of the Whig Party with 203.

In tenth was Elliot Ball of 30-50 Coalition with 78.

And last was Jason Andrew Pavlou of Red Flag Anti-Corruption with 58.

The election saw 64.29 per cent voters turn out to decide who would be selected as MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.

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