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Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan is Tooting’s new MP

Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan is Tooting’s new MP

Written by Catherine Lund 

Rosena Allin-Khan, an emergency doctor at St George’s Hospital and deputy leader of the Labour group on Wandsworth council is the new MP for Tooting.

Dr Allin-Khan held the seat for Labour with a majority of 6,357 over the Conservatives which is an increase from the 2,842 secured by Sadiq Khan in the general election last year.

But at Wandsworth Town Hall, where the flag flew at half-mast, there was a sombre mood, following the tragic death of Labour MP Jo Cox who was murdered in her Batley and Spen constituency in West Yorkshire yesterday.

The returning officer and Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Richard Field, led a two minute silence for the MP during the count at Wandsworth Town Hall.

“The impact of this tragic event is being felt right across the city,” he said. “And it has a deep resonance in this room as the votes are counted for Tooting’s new member of Parliament.”

After the result was declared Dr Allin-Khan gave a short acceptance speech and sent her condolences to the family of Jo Cox.

“First of all, I would like to give my profound thanks to the people of Tooting for electing me as their MP,” she said. “But my thoughts and prayers are with Jo’s husband and children.

“She was a proud and passionate campaigner who will be desperately missed.

 “Jo’s death reminds us that our democracy is precious but fragile. Never forget to cherish it.

 “Thousands of people voted today and we are all here in recognition of our democratic values.”

Dr Allin-Khan finished her speech by thanking her husband and family, her campaign team, the returning officer and her campaign team. 

Conservative candidate, Dan Watkins, who polled the second highest number of votes, also gave a short speech offering his condolences to the family of Mrs Cox and thanking his family and campaign team.

Turnout for the election was 42.5% down from 69.7% for last year’s general election with 31,763 votes cast out of 74,701 eligible voters.

The victory for Dr Allin-Khan, in Wandsworth’s first by-election since the borough was created in 1965, means Wandsworth is now represented entirely by female MPs. 

RESULTS OF THE COUNT IN FULL

Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan (Labour Party) – 17,894 (55.9% +8.7%)

Dan Watkins (Conservative Party) – 11,537 (36.1% -5.8%)

Esther Dede Obiri-Darko (Green Party) – 830 (2.6% -1.5%)

Alexander James Glassbrook (Liberal Democrats) – 820 (2.6% -1.4%)

Elizabeth Eirwen Jones (UK Independence Party) – 507 (1.6% -1.3%)

Des Coke (Christian People’s Party) – 164

Howling Laud Hope (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party) – 54

Graham Harry Moore (English Democrats Love England – Leave EU!) – 50

Dr Akbar Ali Malik (Immigrants Political Party) – 44

Ankit Love (One Love Party) – 32

Zirwa Javaid (Independent) – 30

Dr Zia Samadani (Independent) – 23

Bobby Smith (Give Me Back Elmo) – 9

Smiley Smillie (Independent) – 5

June 17th, 2016

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