Labour’s Minister for London and London Election Campaign Director, Tessa Jowell said:
From the results that have been declared so far, Labour in London has exceeded expectations. The Tories and Liberal Democrats will be extremely disappointed.
We have had some fantastic results in London with Sadiq Khan winning Tooting, Andy Slaughter winning Hammersmith, Karen Buck winning Westminster North and Emily Thornberry actually increasing her majority from 484 to 3569 in Islington South. And I am delighted that Margaret Hodge has decisively beaten the BNP’s Nick Griffin in Barking and doubled her majority.
Just two days ago the Tories were predicting a landslide in London, winning seats like Hayes and Harlington. The Tories will be bitterly disappointed not to have performed better in the capital. It is clear that Boris Johnson’s police cuts and hikes in bus fares were very unpopular with Londoners.