|Labour Take Ealing Central and Acton|
Rupa Huq ousts Angie Bray by just 274 votes
Labour have won the Ealing Central and Acton seat with a small majority. The new MP for the constituency will be Dr Rupa Huq who beat the incumbent Conservative, Angie Bray with a majority of just 274 votes.
The seat was always expected to be a close one and, with the Tories doing better than expected nationally, Labour will be relieved to have taken the seat.
Dr Huq said after the count was in, ''This certainly has been a hard fought battle. We've sent a clear
message you can't trust the Tories with The NHS.
It's a victory won not just by me but the many thousands who put their
trust in me.''
In 2010, Angie Bray won the newly created seat with a majority of 3,716, representing a swing from Labour to the Conservatives of 5%.
She's been an active local MP who has been vocal with residents over matters in W3 including Horn Lane pollution, and The Oaks development as well as campaigning for Ealing to get it's cinema back. Conceding defeat, the dejected Ms Bray made a dignified speech thanking her team saying '' sorry guys I didn't get there' and wishing Dr Huq all the best for the future.
Angie Bray conceding defeat
Ms Huq has focussed on key Labour issues including saving local hospitals and the NHS, reducing the poverty gap and creating a fairer society.
In the lead-up the to Election, campaigning was fierce and footage showing Rupa Huq apparently being 'manhandled' by Tory activists caused outrage from Labour and claims that it was a 'political stunt' from the Tories.
Rupa Huq celebrates the win with Steve Pound who held on in Ealing North
Controversially, independent candidate Jonathan Notley had urged voters to back Rupa Huq just before the poll having originally stood as a protest against overdevelopment in the area. In the event he did not achieve enough votes to affect the result.
The victory for Labour was part of a clean sweep across the Ealing constituencies with Steve Pound winning in Ealing North and Virendra Sharma taking Ealing Southall.
Result From May 2010
* Change is based on notional constituency assuming boundary changes applied in 2005
May 8, 2015