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Labour hold Feltham and Heston as Seema Malhotra is re-elected

Seema Malhotra comfortably held her Feltham and Heston seat having secured 24,876 votes.

By Jordan Camp and Mark Stillman
December 13 2019, 06.30

Liberal Democrat candidate Hina Malik won 3,127 votes, Cosverative’s Jane Anne Keep gained 17,017, The Brexit Party’s Martyn Nelson won 1,658 votes while Green Party‚Äôs Anthony John Firkins gained 1,133 votes.

Ms Malhotra, who has held her seat since the 2011 by-election said: “Tonight is a difficult night for Labour.

“This is an election we should have won and we have work to do to reflect on what has happened. In Feltham and Heston the issues people have raised, the stories they have told show a community that has been deeply hurt by the consequences of austerity.

“Whether that is cuts to our policing, our health service or our schools, their needs remain my priority.

“The national vote has shown the need to end the Brexit uncertainty, however we move forward the voices of all our citizens must be heard in the Brexit debate.

“The government must allow for the proper scrutiny and transparency of its Brexit plans and the impact on local families and businesses. Above all it is vital to bring our divided country back together and that will take leadership from the top.

“I also want to thank my agents and all our team of volunteers, councillors, party activists and also many community members getting involved for the first time.

“I have the best team and in really challenging circumstances they campaigned day after day, knocking on thousands of doors and delivering many thousands of leaflets, they are driven by a deep sense of purpose and passion, for the prosperity and wellbeing of our people and our nation and by respect for their fellow citizens, I could not be more proud of their hard work and resolve, particularly today.

“We all shoulder a huge responsibility at this challenging and uncertain time in our history, I pledge to play my part day in day out for the place I grew up and which has always given me so much and to continue to work with our residents and businesses across the constituency to see a better future for us all.

“Thank you to Feltham and Heston for re-electing me tonight.”

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