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Photo highlights from south west London’s counts on a rollercoaster election night

By Joseph Marshall
December 13 2019, 13.25

What an election night it was in south west London. We’ve seen Labour gain Putney, the Conservatives gain Kensington and the Lib Dems re-elected in Kingston.

The Tories won an overall majority on a national level, but there’s been a lot going on elsewhere. Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, gave her acceptance speech with her two-week-old baby in her arms and joke candidates appeared on TV across the land, in the form of Count Binface and a man dressed as a crude rendition of Elmo from Sesame Street.

John Bercow made the transition from speaker of the House of Commons to Sky News pundit and Nigel Farage revealed he will now turn his attention to American politics, as a warm-up speaker for Donald Trump’s campaign rallies next year.

Depending on your political inclinations, Britain has been left in dire straits or on the path to ultimate glory as a standalone European state.

Somehow, amid the busy chaos of the third general election in four years, as Corbyn announced his resignation and Diane Abbott appeared in public wearing mismatched shoes, there was a sense that now, as in Blair’s 1997 leadership bid, things can only get better.

See below for some photo highlights from south west London’s constituencies.

VICTORY: Dr Rosena Allin-Khan gives her victory speech having been elected MP for Tooting
ALL SMILES: Political aficionados cheer as the results are read out in Putney
STRIKE A POSE: A young reporter films as Labour members pose for a photo in Mitcham and Morden

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