Labour win Lewisham East by-election with hugely slashed majority
Janet Jessica Daby has been victorious in the by-election with a total of 11,033 votes.
The Liberal Democrats came in second place with 5404 votes and gained 17.7 percent.
The Tories, the party gained only 3,161 in the usually safe Labour seat.
UKIP failed to make an impact with just 380 votes.
As expected the reduction in the majority was down to a disappointing turnout, with just 33 percent turning up to vote at the ballots.
This follows on from a disappointing result from Jeremy Corbyn in the 2018 Local Elections.
It was believed the Tories could lose up to as many as 100 seats to Labour in the capital.
But Mr Corbyn’s party failed to turn Tory councils such as Westminster and Wandsworth red.
Labour won the south London seat at the 2017 general election with 32,072 votes – a majority of more than 20,000.
But their new majority has been slashed by 5,629.
In her acceptance speech, Ms Daby said: “I feel humbled and I’m delighted.”
She said her victory meant “we will not tolerate an extreme Brexit in Lewisham East”.
“We refuse to stand by and let a Tory government devastate our schools, our health service and our housing,” she added.
The Lewisham by-election was triggered following Labour MP Heidi Alexander’s resignation in May.
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