Election 2017: Labour's Mike Gapes retains Ilford South with increased majority
PUBLISHED: 06:03 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:43 09 June 2017
Labour’s Mike Gapes has held Ilford South, the seat he has represented since 1992, increasing his majority significantly.
The veteran MP received 43,724 votes, 10,492 more than in 2015.
The Conservative Chris Chapman came second with 12,077 votes.
Overall voter turnout was 70pc, a vast improvement on the 56pc of the electorate that cast their ballots in 2015.
Mr Gapes congratulated Jeremy Corbyn for conducting a better campaign “than many expected including myself”.
He gave a defiant speech where he said he was a “proud European” and vowed to fight a hard Brexit.
Mr Gapes said: “Theresa May, when she called this election, was expecting a landslide to pursue a hard Brexit.
“But Mrs May will not get her hard Brexit as Parliament will insist on having its say on the terms which are negotiated.
“I will do my best to represent my constituents and our capital city.”
He added: “I’m particularly pleased that so many young people have taken part in this election and I hope that augurs well for the future.”
Mr Chapman spoke after Mr Gapes congratulating his Labour rival “for 25 years of public service” and thanking his campaign team and his partner.
After Mr Gapes and Mr Chapman Farid Ahmed of the Liberal Democrats came third with 772 votes.
RoseMary Warrington of the Green Party gained 542 votes, Tariq Saeed of Ukip received 477 votes and Kane Khan of the Friends Party got 65 votes.