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Election 2017: Labour's Ilford South candidate Mike Gapes says Jeremy Corbyn has run a 'much better campaign than expected'

PUBLISHED: 01:46 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 01:46 09 June 2017

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Following the shock exit poll which predicted a hung Parliament, Labour's Ilford South candidate Mike Gapes said Jeremy Corbyn has run a "much better campaign than expected".

Mr Gapes, a staunch critic of Mr Corbyn, who is odds on to retain the seat he has held since 1992, said his party leader had “grown into the campaign”.

“This has been a united Labour party,” Mr Gapes told the Recorder at the count.

“We have campaigned on important issues, housing, schools, the NHS.

“Good local candidates have campaigned on their records.”

Speaking about the shock exit poll, which predicts the Conservatives will lose their majority, Mr Gapes said the “youth vote had been underestimated”.

But the Labour veteran exercised caution.

“I think there will be significant regional variations which the exit poll cannot predict, and it doesn’t include postal votes.”

The Ilford South declaration is expected to come in at 3.30am, but in London results are looking better than expected for Labour.

In Tooting in south London, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan significantly increased her majority, and there are rumours the party could take Kensington and Chelsea.

The exit poll underestimated the Conservative share of the vote in 2015.

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