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Diane Abbott Wins in Hackney North as Labour Landslide

Diane Abbott Wins in Hackney North as Labour Landslide

On a night marked by Labour’s historic landslide victory in the General Election, Diane Abbott has successfully retained her seat as the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington. The long-serving and respected Labour MP secured 23,355 votes, defeating Conservative candidate David Landau and Green Party candidate Antoinette Fernandez.

Abbott, one of Parliament’s longest-serving MPs, was first elected in 1987, becoming the first Black woman to enter the House. Last night’s success marked her 10th consecutive election victory for the Hackney North constituency.

Supporters hailed Abbott’s win as a significant statement, following controversy over whether she would be allowed to stand for Labour. Abbott had been suspended from the party last year after suggesting that Jewish, Irish, and Traveller people experience prejudice but not racism “all their lives.” This led to a prolonged process where she sat as an independent MP.

In May, Abbott announced she had been banned from standing as a Labour MP in the next general election following a lengthy internal party investigation into her comments, for which she had apologized. Despite Labour later restoring the whip, Abbott believed she would not be allowed to stand in the General Election as a Labour MP.

Support and Controversy

Hundreds of supporters gathered outside Hackney Town Hall to show their support for Diane Abbott. The controversy led to widespread criticism of Labour leadership, particularly of Sir Keir Starmer, on social media platforms. Starmer strongly denied claims that Abbott had been barred from contesting the Hackney and Stoke Newington seat as a Labour MP.

Abbott previously served as Shadow Home Secretary during Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure as party leader. Her victory came amid a Labour landslide election win, which nearly wiped out the Conservatives in London. New Prime Minister Starmer addressed cheering supporters in central London, stating, “Change begins now,” and adding, “It feels good, I have to be honest.”

Following Labour’s win, Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak acknowledged the defeat, saying, “The British people have delivered a sobering verdict tonight, there is much to learn… and I take responsibility for the loss.”

Under Keir Starmer’s leadership, Labour won more seats than insiders had expected in the wake of the 2019 general election. However, according to BBC News analysis, the party performed poorly in seats with large Muslim populations.

Labour’s vote decreased by an average of 10 points in constituencies where over 10% of the population identifies as Muslim, which is cited as a key reason for Claudia Webbe’s loss of the long-held seat of Leicester East.

Reform UK Impact

The Conservative’s loss of votes to Reform UK proved costly. Reform UK leader Nigel Farage won the seat for Clacton, promising that “this is just the first step of something that is going to stun all of you.”

The Clacton contest was marred by controversy over Labour’s treatment of rising star Jovan Owusu-Nepaul, who was reportedly told by party leaders to stop campaigning in the constituency, leaving him “broken” and in “tears.”

Reform UK has so far secured four MPs, including chairman Richard Tice and former Tory Lee Anderson, and is finishing second in many constituencies, significantly impacting Conservative votes.


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