General election 2015: Defeated parties vow to keep campaigns going

Green Party members celebrate an increase in votes after the counts are announced

Green Party members celebrate an increase in votes after the counts are announced - Credit: Archant

The defeated parties last night vowed to carry on their campaigning in Newham, despite an emphatic Labour win in both of the borough’s constituencies.

Green Party candidate Tamsin Omond said she was “extremely proud” to represent the party, which she described as a “growing political movement in Newham.”

“If we can look at the picture nationally we can see that there is a real hunger for an anti-austerity voice and a real vote for that voice as well,” she added.

Her fellow East Ham candidate, Lois Austin of TUSC, said she hoped “our campaigns will continue in the borough and our movement will continue to grow.”

She said: “TUSC will continue to campaign to oppose austerity and defend our public services.

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“We get very small votes at the moment but we believe that will change, that what we stand for is the music of the future.”

West Ham’s Conservative candidate Festus Akinbusoye, who came second in the constituency, said it had been a “real privilege” for him to stand for MP.

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But he said: “I don’t plan to go away that quickly. I will hopefully be around, disturbing Lyn once in a while.”

Ukip’s Jamie Ross McKenzie described his party as “forcing an agenda” during the general election, adding that “what we’ve shown in Newham is every year, that support is growing.”

More than 50,000 votes were cast yesterday in each of the two constituencies.

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