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Mainstream parties see vote share drop in London this election

The three main parties in London all saw their vote share drop in London in this election, new statistics from Focal Data show.

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats all received less votes from Londoners this election compared to five years ago.

In 2019, Labour achieved a vote share of 48%, which went down to 43% this year.

The Liberal Democrats margin went from 15% to 11%, whilst the Conservatives suffered the biggest drop off from 32% to 21%.

Traditionally, London has always been Labour-centric and this election proved to be the Tory’s poorest showing in London since 1997, where they only held 11 seats in London.

This time around, the Conservatives held on to just nine, losing 12 to Labour and the Lib Dems.

When asked about their rejection of the mainstream parties one Londoner said: “Everyone is so tired of self-serving politicians and broken promises and austerity. 

“There is no party that represents a shining light of hope.”

This can be also attributed to the rise in popularity of Reform UK, the Green Party as well as the numerous independent candidates in this election who now have a combined 15 seats nationally.

One of those seats is Islington North, whose MP is the former Labour leader in the last election Jeremy Corbyn now an independent.

Corbyn’s seat is the only London seat that doesn’t belong to Labour, the Liberal Democrats or the Conservatives.

There was also an independent spoiler in Faiza Shaheen in Chingford and Woodford Green, who picked up more than 12,000 votes, 25% of the vote.

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