Labour reaction to victory in Hendon

Labour earn narrow victories in Barnet as Tories face ‘disaster’ campaign

The Conservative campaign was labelled as a disaster by former environment secretary Theresa Villiers.

Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet since 2005, lost her seat to Dan Tomlinson, Labour’s first ever MP for the constituency.

Despite this loss, Villiers declined to comment on whether Rishi Sunak was to blame for the Conservatives’ poor election results.

She added: “Barnet is a special place and I’ve always fought to try and keep it that way.

“I worked as hard as I possibly could on issues that really matter to all of us who live here.”

The other two incumbent Conservative MPs in Barnet stepped down ahead of this election, which lead to Labour being favoured in the borough.

Villiers campaigned hard on local issues but fell short to Tomlinson by three thousand votes.

Much closer than this was the battle for Hendon between Labour’s David Pinto-Duchinsky and the Conservative’s Ameet Jogia which came down to just 15 votes.

After several recounts, the results were the last declared for London as Labour took the seat.

Pinto-Duchinsky said: “After 14 years of Conservative chaos, change was demanded and the Labour Party have listened.”

Despite the narrowness of this victory, Labour will be satisfied with taking three traditionally Conservative seats, alongside Finchley and Golders Green.

Labour’s first ever MP for Chipping Barnet, Tomlinson acknowledged that many of his supporters were first time Labour voters.

He said: “As MP I will demonstrate that our change is permanent.

“We will always stand with the Jewish community against anti-semitism as there is no place for it in our party.”

In London’s most Jewish constituency, Finchley and Golders Green, Labour’s Sarah Sackman reclaimed the seat from the Conservatives.

Sackman said: “I promise as your MP that I will be keeping up our traditions and never miss a Friday night dinner.”

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