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Rachel Blake elected MP for Cities of London and Westminster

  • July 5, 2024
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Rachel Blake elected MP for Cities of London and Westminster

First-time MP and Labour member Rachel Blake has won the seat of the Cities of London and Westminster with a majority of 2,708 votes. The seat has turned red for the first time in its history. Blake is the first Labour candidate to win the seat which has seen a Conservative candidate win in every general election since it was created in 1950.

The constituency includes the whole of the Fitzrovia West are and consists of most wards in the City of Westminster and the City of London, as well as parts of the now-abolished seat of Westminster North. Turnout was 53%, a 14% drop from 2019. A total of 39,419 votes were counted. Polls leading up to the vote saw a tight race for the seat with the Liberal Democrats tipped to finish in second.

Blake joined the Labour Party in 2003 and was part of the team which turned six safe Liberal Democrat seats to Labour in 2006, her website says. In 2014, she was elected local councillor in Tower Hamlets, rising through the ranks to become deputy mayor in 2018. She had been a policy advisor under Gordon Brown and worked in grassroots charities supporting homeless and unemployed households, championing the development of council homes.

It was “time to move on” she said in her victory speech:

“Yesterday, people across the country had their say and we should never, ever take this for granted… A decision has been made and now it is time to move forward.

“I know many of you have voted Labour for the first time ever, voting Labour to remove the Conservatives from office, I know this. We’ve endured 14 years of Conservative-led government.

“They have presided over years of chaos and failing to implement even their own promises… Homelessness is rising. Waiting lists are rising. Bills are going up and for too long, our country has been held back.” Ms Blake has promised to make housing reform a priority.

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