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


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.

You may also want to watch:

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.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ham&High. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.


The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express