Labour’s Florence Eshalomi, the Lambeth and Southwark Assembly Member, was successfully elected as the new MP for Vauxhall in the early hours of this morning.
Eshalomi took the seat with 31,615 votes, giving her a healthy majority of nearly 20,000.
Vauxhall had previously been held by Labour’s long-standing Kate Hoey, who was noted for her markedly pro-Brexit stance.
The Liberal Democrats’ Sarah Lewis came a distant second with 12,003 votes, followed in third place by the Conservatives’ Sarah Bool on 9,422 votes.
Jacqueline Bond, of the Green Party, achieved 2,516 votes; Andrew McGuinness from the Brexit Party got 641 ballots; and Independent Salah Faissal achieved 136 votes.
“Thank you Vauxhall residents for this honour to represent you and for putting your faith in me,” said Ms Eshalomi this afternoon.
“It was time for change. I’m truly gutted for candidates that were not re-elected.
“The people of Vauxhall need a Labour Government and I will continue fight for a fairer society for us all.”
Separately, two Southwark Council councillors who had stood for election to Parliament were not successful in their bids last night.
Southwark Council’s deputy leader, Rebecca Lury, stood for the Labour Party in St Albans, but in the event did not manage to win the seat.
The Liberal Democrats took the seat from the Conservatives, after their candidate, Daisy Cooper, achieved nearly 29,000 votes.
Leanne Werner, a Southwark Labour councillor for South Bermondsey ward, had put her hat in the ring to be the next MP for Kingston and Surbiton.
The seat was held by the now acting co-leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey.
“A huge thank you to everyone who voted for me and supported me throughout this campaign,” said Ms Werner on social media. “A big shout out to [members who have worked tirelessly around the clock.
“Despite the outcome of this election I remain committed to building a better Britain for the many.”
While all three of Southwark’s seats have remained Labour with healthy majorities, the party has had a disastrous showing nationally, with its worst showing since 1935.