Election 2017:Tulip Siddiq and Keir Starmer sweep to victory in Hampstead and Kilburn and Holborn and St Pancras
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Labour were celebrating general election victories in both Hampstead and Kilburn, and Holborn and St Pancras where both Labour’s Tulip Siddiq and Keir Starmer increased their majorities.
Hampstead and Kilburn is no longer a marginal seat, as Tulip Siddiq swept to victory with 34,464 votes, compared to Conservative candidate Claire-Louise Leyland’s 18,904 votes.
In her victory speech, Ms Siddiq said that her greatest honour was to be with two other women, Ms Leyland and Kirsty Allan, on the ballot paper.
She promised to work with the Jewish community while in Parliament.
Speaking to the Ham&High after the count, she said she was “obviously delighted” to have gained such a large share of the vote, and that the public had decided to reject Theresa May’s “scaremongering.”
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“She really underestimated the British public,” she said.
Ms Siddiq said that she would be “fighting for a soft Brexit”, as well as protecting the rights of EU citizens in Hampstead and Kilburn.
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Meanwhile, shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer increased his majority to 41,343 votes in Holborn and St Pancras.
Conservative candidate Tim Barnes won 10,834 votes.
In his victory speech, he celebrated the “high turnout”, even though the election campaign had been marred by the two terrorist atrocities.
He said that Britain had rejected Theresa May’s “extreme Brexit.”
Speaking after his victory, he told the Ham&High: “It’s fantastic and I’m delighted with the majority that Holborn and St Pancras has given me.”
He said he would be focusing on “housing, housing and housing”, disruption and air pollution around HS2 and maintaining schools in the area.