Labour’s vote surges in Chingford & Woodford Green slashing IDS’s majority

13 June, 2017

Thanks to the magnificent campaigning efforts of hundreds of Labour Party members and supporters, Chingford & Woodford Green is now a marginal constituency and IDS is a very worried man.

Voters turned their backs on IDS and the politics of austerity that he represents, and voted for Bilal and Labour in unprecedented numbers. Labour’s vote increased from 29% in 2015 to 44% on Thursday 8 June.

Iain Duncan Smith went into the general election with a majority of 8,386 votes. As the results came in he watched that majority collapse to 2,438 – a swing of 7% to Labour. We are within striking distance of winning the seat for Labour.

With Bilal as our candidate, we campaigned on the issues that matter most to people – their children’s schools having to cut the number of teachers to balance the books; the condition of the NHS and social care; the lack of affordable, quality housing and low wages. That is the legacy of seven years of the Tories in power, that is the record of IDS in Chingford & Woodford Green.

The energy and enthusiasm of hundreds of party members and supporters meant we were able to campaign in every part of the constituency over the six weeks of the General Election. By contrast, the Tories were rarely seen or heard.

We held street stalls every weekend in Highams Park, Chingford Mount, Station Road and South Woodford. We canvassed every day across the constituency, outside schools and on the doorstep. We held a public meeting on the school cuts in Highams Park. We ran a brilliant social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, encouraging young people to cast their vote for a fairer future.

We have proved that we can reach voters in every part of the constituency, and those voters responded enthusiastically to Labour’s optimistic vision of a Britain where no one is left behind.

Theresa May is in denial, unable to accept that she fought a disastrous campaign while Jeremy Corbyn brilliantly captured voters’ antipathy to austerity and enthusiasm for change. If Theresa May’s efforts to cobble together an arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party fail we may soon face another general election.

In Chingford & Woodford Green we will be ready and campaigning to win.

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