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Tulip Siddiq: 'Hampstead and Kilburn is my home and I'm so proud to represent it'

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:00 08 May 2015

Tulip Siddiq is applauded by fellow candidates after winning the Hampstead and Kilburn seat. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Tulip Siddiq is applauded by fellow candidates after winning the Hampstead and Kilburn seat. Picture: Polly Hancock.

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Tulip Siddiq, Labour's new MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, took to the stage at around 5am this morning to celebrate victory and make an emotional speech thanking her family and supporters.

Tulip Siddiq and husband Christian Percy. Picture: Polly Hancock.Tulip Siddiq and husband Christian Percy. Picture: Polly Hancock.

The 32-year-old, who lives in Finchley Road, was announced victor in Hampstead and Kilburn by a margin of 1,138 votes over Conservative candidate Simon Marcus in the early hours of this morning.

Ms Siddiq, a former Camden Council cabinet member, was joined on stage by her husband Christian Percy, as well as her mother, sister, brother and supporters after being announced winner at Somers Town Community Centre.

Addressing onlookers at the election count, she said: “I’m absolutely honoured to be standing here as the elected MP for Hampstead and Kilburn. I want to start by thanking everyone who participated in this election.

“Whether you put your faith in me and voted for me, whether you stood in the rain and leafleted for hours on end, whether you spent every weekend knocking on doors for me, this is the reason why I won so thank you.

“This is the constituency in which I’ve grown up, where I went to school, where my parents got married in the 1970s, where I used to write for my local paper. Hampstead and Kilburn is my home which is why I’m proud to represent Hampstead and Kilburn in parliament.

“By voting for me you have shown that you put faith in Labour values - values of fairness, of social justice, of equality, values about protecting our public services, about making sure we keep the NHS and making sure we look after those who are vulnerable.

“An economy that works for everyone, not just for a few.”

For full reaction to the 2015 general election results in Hampstead and Kilburn, see next week’s Ham&High.

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