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New Labour MP for Lewisham West Penge, Ellie Reeves ‘ready for the challenge’

PUBLISHED: 11:04 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:04 12 June 2017

Ellie Reeves

Ellie Reeves

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The results were announced early on Friday morning

The new MP for Lewisham West and Penge has announced she is ‘ready for the challenge’ as she begins her foray into Parliament.

Already a long-standing Labour party member, Ellie Reeves was put forward as the Labour candidate for the constituency after former MP Jim Dowd stepped down in the wake of the snap election announcement in April.

Since the constituency was created in 2010 it has remained in Labour hands, but Thursday’s elections saw the party gain another 16 per cent of the vote to finish with two thirds of ballots.

Ms Reeves, who lives in the Clock House ward of Bromley said: “We’re really happy with the result, Theresa May called this election thinking she would get a larger majority, and now the Labour party has made gains across the country, now we just have to wait and see what happens.”

Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate who ran against Ms Reeves, congratulated the Labour candidate on her win.

He said: “Thank you to everyone who have their time and worked so hard campaigning and supporting me in Lewisham West and Penge. And of course, thank you to everyone who voted for me too. I’m encouraged to see such a high turnout, especially from young people, and glad so many voted even if not for me.

“And congratulations to Ellie Reeves, I know you will be a good MP for all in the constituency.”

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