LABOUR VICTORY: Catherine West and David Lammy
CATHERINE WEST, the newly-elected MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, has won this key marginal seat for the Labour Party by a huge margin over the outgoing Lynne Featherstone - a former cabinet minister - taking 29,417 votes compared to her rival's 18,359.
Featherstone, a campaigner for same sex marriage and against FGM has held the seat since 2005 but an enormous groundswell of mobilised Labour supporters in the borough of Haringey, bolstered by activists bussed in from Hackney and other parts of London resulted in an army of Labour red rosettes on the streets and doorsteps of this hugely diverse constituency.
Wood Green in particular was key to the Labour victory as Featherstone has dominated the more affluent wards of Muswell Hill and Highgate.
In the end, West got more votes than her neighbour David Lammy in Tottenham.
In her acceptance speech, West thanked Featherstone for the way she has served her constituents.
She added that if the country is ruled by a Tory-led government for the next five years "we will not give up here fighting to protect our NHS and to protect people with disabilities.Tuition fees must also be cut."
"I've put my heart and soul into it," said West, since being nominated two years ago. And she acknowledged the support of her councillors who had mobbed Alexandra Palace to hear the result, which came in at around 4.15am.
Featherstone, gracious in defeat, thanked the people of Hornsey and Wood Green saying it had been an honour to serve them.
She said: "We had a bit of a mountain to climb. I overturned a 26,000 majority from the Labour Party when I was elected and the day after I went into a coalition government all 26,000 Labour voters who'd switched to me wrote to and toldme I was the spawn of the devil."
But, she added, she believes in coalition governments as a strong form of government. "I wish we had a different voting system," she concluded.