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Election 2017: Labour make up ground on Conservative party as Tories hold Orpington

PUBLISHED: 06:12 09 June 2017

Jo Johnson. Photo: Daniel Jones

Jo Johnson. Photo: Daniel Jones

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The results were announced on Friday morning

Nigel de Gruchy, Labour candidate for OrpingtonNigel de Gruchy, Labour candidate for Orpington

There was no change of MP in Orpington as the Tories tightened their grip on Friday, but with a resurgent Labour party pulled off its best result in decades in the blue-dyed seat.

Labour finished second with its highest share of votes for more than 60 years as Nigel de Gruchy gained 24.4 per cent of ballots.

Ultimately Conservative Jo Johnson kept his seat with 62.9 per cent, another 60-year high.

Elsewhere Ukip, who finished second in 2015, dropped to fourth out of five parties running in the constituency.

Mr de Gruchy said he was “very happy” with the 8,8% gain on 2015’s election, adding: “We’ve been quite lucky that Theresa May organised such a bad campaign, but we’ve also worked hard to respond to residents concerns, I’ve answered countless emails asking us questions about the party, with many saying I was the only candidate to get back in touch.

“People around Bromley might be a bit more well-off, but there are still areas of poverty and I think everyone in London is beginning to feel the pinch of austerity on local authorities and how that impacts our services such as libraries and health care service, that’s what has driven people toward the Labour party.

“Young people and first time voters were also very important, you only need to look at our victory in Canterbury to see the benefit of getting young people registered and voting to have their say, and we remain optimistic for the future.

“Obviously we’ve capitalised on Ukip’s losses as have the Conservatives, but I think Jeremy Corbyn should be praised for being willing to compromise on issues such as Trident.

Following the victory, Mr Johnson commented: “I am delighted and honoured to have been re-elected to represent Orpington in Westminster - we as elected politicians must listen closely to what voters are telling us and provide strong and responsible government for the country.

“I will work hard to justify the confidence they have once again decided to place in me.”

To view the full results, click here.

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