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Gavin Barwell back in business as he holds Croydon Central

THERE BY A THREAD: Gavin Barwell retains his seats

CROYDON CENTRAL has been declared a Conservative hold much to the upset of Labour MP hopeful Sarah Jones who missed out by 165 votes.

Jones, a mother of four who polls had tipped to sneak the seat away from Barwell closed in on the margin by gaining 42.7 per cent of the vote but it wasn’t enough to beat out Barwell who secured 43 per cent.

In his address, the MP expressed his thanks to his team and also acknowledged the number of people that did not vote for him promising that they were just as significant to his work in the constituency.

In 2010, Barwell won with a margin of 2879, a gap that was significantly closed this time round.

Conceding defeat Jones, said in her speech: "We came so far, but not quite far enough.”

Not present at the declaration was the TUSC candidate April Ashley who finished second to the bottom with 127 votes.

Speaking to The Voice last month, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants campaigned on the platform of anti-austerity measures and workers’ rights.

CROYDON CENTRAL RESULTS

April Ashley (TUSC) 127
Gavin Barwell (Conservative) 22,753
Martin Camden (The UK Progressive Democracy Party) 57
James Fearnley (Liberal Democrats) 1,152
Sarah Jones (Labour) 22,588
Peter Staveley (UKIP) 4,810
Esther Sutton (Green) 1,454

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