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Election 2017: Beckenham Conservative MP calls national result ‘tragic’ as UK faces hung parliament

PUBLISHED: 11:49 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 09 June 2017

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The results were announced earlier this morning

A Labour swing of more than 10 per cent failed to remove the everlasting Tory grip on Beckenham at Thursday’s general election.

Results revealed the constituency, which has never left Tory control since it was created in 1950, would continue to be represented by Bob Stewart, who was first elected in 2010.

Following the result the returning MP and retired colonel said: “It was a real honour to be re-elected and I am eternally grateful to my constituents.

“Very sadly the national result was far worse than I anticipated.

“The Conservatives may have the most seats in parliament but lack of an overall majority and that is tragic for the good governance of the country. Right now the way ahead is unclear but I truly hope it is sorted quickly.”

The result leaves the UK in a hung parliament for the second time in seven years.

Labour’s candidate for the safe-seat, Marina Ahmad, hailed the national and local picture as “fantastic” for the party.

“We managed to get a 10 per cent swing and that’s amazing for us as we plan to keep putting the pressure on,” she said.

“Our whole campaign we were out on the streets letting people know Labour was alive and kicking, people really seemed to respond to the manifesto well, in particular on education.

“There are a lot of parents out there concerned with larger classes and fewer teachers, as well as Langley Park’s proposals for a four day school week, schools cannot operate like that.”

Earlier this week Bromley Times revealed Langley Park School for Girls was facing budget cuts of up to £700,000 by 2019, and the secondary school’s headteacher, Dr Anne Hudson had warned parents: “It is likely that we will need to consider reducing our curriculum and possibly shortening the school week for some year groups.”

Mrs Ahmad added: “I’m still waiting for the ward by ward breakdown of results, but so far the figures look really healthy for Labour in Beckenham as we prepare for the local council elections next year.”

For Beckenham’s results in full, click here.

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