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General Election 2019: Catherine West comfortably retains Hornsey and Wood Green seat on dreadful night for Labour

PUBLISHED: 04:27 13 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:30 13 December 2019

Catherine West at a recent election rally. Picture: Hornsey and Wood Green Labour

Catherine West at a recent election rally. Picture: Hornsey and Wood Green Labour

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Catherine West has comfortably retained her Hornsey and Wood Green seat on a troubling night for the Labour Party.

Holding off an at times bullish Dawn Barnes in the constituency - which was Lib Dem until 2015, Ms West polled 35,126 votes. Ms Barnes, a councillor in Crouch End, was second with 15,884 votes.

Tory Ed McGuinness was third with 6,829 votes, followed by the Green Party's Jarelle Francis with 2,192.

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The declaration came after Ms West's former boss David Lammy - she worked in his office almost two decades ago - also retained his seat comfortably.

With her party looking at a heavy defeat as the night passed on, her victory speech was focused around "bringing this country together to build a better society".

David Lammy held off another Lib Dem councillor, Tammy Palmer, in Tottenham winning 35,621 votes.

A wet day may well have suppressed turnout. It was down three percentage points in Hornsey and Wood Green compared to 2017, with this year's headline figure 74.19pc.

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