General Election 2015: Labour retain Islington North seat
PUBLISHED: 04:26 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 04:26 08 May 2015
Labour stalwart Jeremy Corbyn retained his Islington North seat, eclipsing closest rival Alex Burghart of the Conservatives by a majority of 21,194
Mr Corbyn, who has been MP for the UK’s smallest constituency since 1983, surpassed his 2010 majority of 12,401 by 8,793 votes after securing an overall count of 29,659.
Lib Dem Julian Gregory, whose party came second five years ago, was relegated into fourth place attracting 3,984 votes with Highbury East councillor and Green Party candidate filling third spot with 5,043.
Islington North’s first UKIP candidate Greg Clough came fifth with 1,971 votes while Bill Martin of the Socialist Party of Great Britain came in sixth with 112 votes
There were 49,449 votes cast giving a turnout of 67,4 per cent, up almost two per cent from the last general election.
Hailing his biggest ever victory as he enters his eighth term in parliament, Mr Corbyn said: “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the result in Islington today.
“I thank the people for the mandate that they’ve given us.
Mr Corbyn said that his biggest victory in the constituency and the success of fellow Islington Labour candidate Emily Thonrberry was proof it was possilbe for labour to triumph but raised concerns over the predicted overall outcome of the election.
“It’s bad news for the poor of Britain, bad news for the health service and bad news for the young.
He said the increase in Conservative support in both the borough’s constituencies “demonstrates the fact that the property market in Islington is unaffordable for most people.
“It’s brought more Conservative voters into the party.”
Mr Burghart, who won 8,465 votes for the conservatives, said: “This is a very good result for the conservatives in Islington north, the best result we’ve had here for nearly 25 years.
“I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to vote for us today.”
The Green Party’s Caroline Russell, who easily beat the Lib Dems into third “We got just over 10 per cent of the vote which is an absolutely phenomenal result.
“This election has seen the Green Party grow, thrive and surge. We’ve cemented our place in Islington’s politics and we’re here to stay.”
Alex Burghart (Conservative) – 8,465
Greg Clough (UKIP) – 1,971
Jeremy Corbyn (Labour) – 29,659
Julian Gregory (Lib Dem) – 3,984
Bill Martin (Socialist Party of Great Britain) – 112
Caroline Russell (Green) – 5,043