INCREASED MAJORITY: David Lammy in 2010
DAVID LAMMY thanked the people of Tottenham for voting him in as their MP for a third successive term despite having announced his intention to seek to run as Labour's mayoral candidate.
Lammy won a massive 28,654 votes, a figure he told supporters at Alexandra Palace was the biggest majority for aTottenham MP in 25 years. He beat the next nearest candidate, the Conservative Stefani Mrozinski, by 23,564 votes.
"This is the start of a good night for Labour in Haringey," Lammy said, referring to the neck-and-neck battle for Hornsey and Wood Green which the Labour Party hope to take from the Liberal Democrats, "but it does look like a difficult night for Labour in other parts of the country. We wait to hear the results but I am pleased that in London we are bucking the trend."
Although celebrating in a hall packed with Labour activists he told reporters that the fortunes of his constituents depends on whether Labour are capable of forming a government.
He acknowledged it was a "very difficult" night in London and that the regional picture was still emerging but was pleased the party had won Ealing.
Asked why the millions of Labour voters who abandoned the party and voted Liberal Democrat in 2010 did not appear to have returned to the party at this election, Lammy said that in Tottenham the LiberalDemocrats had been beaten into third place in Tottenham - Turhan Ozen's 1756 votes indicative of a miserable night - and said the London Borough of Haringey had demonstrated how the Liberal Democrats can be defeated in the borough of Haringey.
"It looks like their vote has collapsed in Haringey and we did it by grassroots activism, door to door, a mobilised campaign and talking about the issues."
UKIP took 1,512 seats in Tottenham, a hugely ethnically diverse constituency that has seen some recent racial and anti-semitic attacks.