LONDON ASSEMBLY: Relieved McCartney accepts Enfield and Haringey victory for Labour

Joanne McCartney held onto the Enfield and Haringey seat by the narrow margin of 1,402 votes. Ms McCartney was relieved to have one such a tight race. She said: I m very pleased Enfield and Haringey residents have elected me again to represent them for

Joanne McCartney held onto the Enfield and Haringey seat by the narrow margin of 1,402 votes.

Ms McCartney was relieved to have won such a tight race. She said: "I'm very pleased Enfield and Haringey residents have elected me again to represent them for another four years. We always knew it was very close and this was the most marginal assembly seat and the Tories' top target. The Conservatives said this was an easy steal. It is good to turn it around. I've done my best over the last four years to represent and speak up for residents of Enfield and Haringey."

She said it was too early to say whether Ken Livingstone would hold onto the mayoralty. "The mayoral election is too close to call, but as far as I'm concerned I'm elected to represnet Enfield and Haringey no matter who the mayor is. If Boris is elected I will have many concerns, but the main one is his plan to scrap affordable housing targets."

Conservative candidate Matthew Laban had held an early lead in the race and was hopeful of victory. He said: "I'm very disappointed, but at least I reduced the majority and Boris is going to be mayor. The result shows that my campaign was good, but Haringey is a tough nut to crack for the Conservatives."


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