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Defiant Labour hold on

PUBLISHED: 13:16 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

LABOUR managed to hold on to power in the seat of Lewisham West and Penge, despite boundary changes and a 9.1 per cent swing towards the Tories.

LABOUR managed to hold on to power in the seat of Lewisham West and Penge, despite boundary changes and a 9.1 per cent swing towards the Tories.

Incumbent MP Jim Dowd secured a majority of 5,828 in a constituency which now includes the wards of Penge and Cator, Clockhouse and Crystal Palace.

Mr Dowd, who has been MP for Lewisham West for 17 years, was returned to Westminster with 41.1 per cent of the vote last Thursday.

He said: "I am really excited by this opportunity.

"For too long I have seen Penge, Clockhouse and Crystal Palace neglected by the Tories in Bromley.

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