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Dawn Butler returns to parliament with landslide victory

MEETING: Dawn Butler and Ade Onibada earlier in the campaign

THE UPSET of 2010 is all but forgotten as Labour candidate Dawn Butler has been re-elected to serve Brent Central following a sensational win.

In a massive swing of 20.9 per cent, Butler took the seat from the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 19,649 votes.

In line with the trends of the nights results, the Lib Dems trailed in third position with the last minute candidate Lauren Keith managing just under 4,000 votes.

Butler, a former minister for youth engagement, spoke to The Voice last month and described her campaign as "blessed".

The daughter of Jamaican immigrants will be welcomed back by her constituents who form one of London’s most diverse communities.

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? this is a definitive response to this coalition government."

Turnout for the election was 61.41 per cent which is 0.2 per cent up on the 2010 General Election.

Results:

Dawn Butler (London) 29,216
Alan Mendoza (Conservative) 9,567
Lauren Keith (Liberal Democrat) 3,937
Shahrar Ali (Green Party) 1,912
Stephen Priestley (UKIP) 1,850
John Boyle (TUSC) 235
Kamran Malik (Communities United) 170
Noel Coonan (Independent) 145

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