Esther's bid for Westminster seat ends in a dismal failure

Esther Rantzen s bid to become an MP has ended dismally. The Hampstead independent campaigner polled just 1,872 votes in a seat comfortably won by the Labour candidate who replaced Margaret Moran in the wake of the expenses scandal. Some observers believe that

Esther Rantzen's bid to become an MP has ended dismally. The Hampstead independent campaigner polled just 1,872 in a seat comfortably won by the Labour candidate who replaced Margaret Moran in the wake of the expenses scandal.

Some observers believe that like many independent candidates, she was a victim of the televised debates which focused the public's attention on the three main parties.

The seat saw an 8 per cent swing to the Tories, in a constituency contested by no fewer than 10 candidates.

One consolation for Esther is that she collected almost 600 more votes than the BNP candidate.


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