Lyn Brown: ‘I’ll keep fighting for West Ham’
PUBLISHED: 16:38 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:38 11 May 2015
Lyn Brown has said it is “absolutely amazing” to be re-elected as West Ham MP, despite acknowledging the struggles the area will face under a majority Conservative government.
The Labour candidate, who has represented the constituency since 2005, won 36,132 votes – a 68 per cent share – to claim nearly 28,000 votes more than her closest rival, Conservative candidate Festus Akinbusoye.
She was able to comfortably fend off the challenge from six other parties to keep West Ham a safe Labour seat.
The 55-year-old said: “It’s really humbling. I thought the Conservatives ran an excellent campaign.
“It’s been a good campaign, a campaign that has been fought on principals and policies and not personalities.”
She added that she was “delighted to have increased my vote”, having been chosen by 29,422 constituents in the 2010 election, and met some “lovely people” during the canvassing period.
But despite being “happy to return to my job” at Westminster next week, Lyn is sceptical about what the future holds for her constituency under a majority Conservative government.
The Tories came out on top at last week’s general election, commanding a small majority of just 12 in the House of Commons.
But it is still a big enough figure for Lyn and her fellow Labour MPs to end up on the opposition bench.
She said: “When I was canvassing, the same issues kept coming up, housing and the NHS.
“I don’t believe the Tories when they say they will be putting £8million into the NHS.
“We have a Tory mayor also and he’s reduced the number of affordable homes required from 20pc, which I thought was too low already.”
She believes that her constituency will be affected by the Conservative policies on housing and healthcare, but Lyn intends to fight for West Ham once she is sworn in again for the next five years.
“Londoners have born the brunt so far of Conservative cuts and we have got another £12million more to come,” she said.
“It will be another five years of difficulty for West Ham, but I’m going to keep fighting.”
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