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Bad day at the office for Labour. Great night for black MPs

BACK IN: (L-R) Chuka Umunna, Diane Abbott and David Lammy

IT WAS a disappointing day at the polls for the Labour Party after they suffered a devastating defeat in the general election, but number of black MPs had cause for celebration after securing seats around Britain.

Tottenham MP David Lammy, who retained his seat in the north London constituency with an increased majority, led the way back to parliament accompanied by Hackney North and Stoke Newington represented, Diane Abbott.

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna also retained his seat and has now been tipped for the Labour leadership battle following Ed Miliband's resignation.

Joining them is Dawn Butler, who was re-elected to serve Brent Central following a sensational win where she claimed a massive swing of 20.9 per cent, taking the seat from the Sarah Teather of the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 19,649 votes.

In her acceptance speech, Butler began by thanking God who she admitted she found time to get closer to in her time away from office.

Polls had tipped Butler for the win early on in potentially one of Labour’s biggest wins in London.

Butler said: "With a majority like this, it is a definitive response to this coalition government."

Kate Osamor secured her seat in Edmonton, north London, from outgoing Andy Love and vowed to fight for the NHS in her victory speech.

"Tonight the people of Edmonton have given a clear message to David Cameron: keep your hands off our NHS,” she said.

Osamor's mother was famously selected by the local Vauxhall Labour party in Brixton, south London, for a by-election in 1989, only to be controversially removed by Neil Kinnock prompting a race row.

Ex-BBC journalist Clive Lewis became Labour's eighth successful black or mixed race MP after winning a majority of 7,654 votes in Norwich south, beating Liberal Democrat Simon Wright who previously held the seat.

Lewis, whose father is from Grenada and mother from England, entered into politics through an MP shadowing scheme organised by Operation Black Vote and joins other returning MPs Chi Onwurah and Mark Hendrick.

Conservative candidate James Cleverly won in Braintree and will join returning MPs Kwasi Kwarteng, Adam Afriyie, Sam Gyimah and Helen Grant.

Labour leader Ed Miliband announced his resignation after his party suffered insurmountable losses in the general election.

In a speech in London, Miliband said he took “absolute responsibility for this result” and announced his resignation with immediate effect.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who lost his Morley and Outwood seat to Conservative candidate Andrea Jenkyns by 422 votes, was among the party's big-name casualties.

The Conservatives made gains in England and Wales and are forecast by the BBC to secure 331 seats in the Commons, giving them a slender majority.

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BLACK LABOUR MPs

Diane Abbott - Hackney North and Stoke Newington
David Lammy - Tottenham
Chuka Umunna - Streatham
Chi Onwurah - Newcastle upon Tyne central
Kate Osamor - Edmonton
Clive Lewis - Norwich South
Dawn Butler - Brent Central
Mark Hendrick - Preston

BLACK CONSERVATIVE MPs
Adam Afriyie - Windsor
Helen Grant - Maidstone & the Weald
Sam Gyimah - East Surrey
Kwasi Kwarteng - Spelthorne
James Cleverly - Braintree

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