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Labour’s Teresa Pearce holds Erith and Thamesmead after ‘really weird’ election

PUBLISHED: 05:16 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 05:27 09 June 2017

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The result was announced earlier this morning

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As results pour in across the country, the MP for Erith and Thamesmead has spoken to voters after what she called a “really weird” election.

While none of the seats changed hands across the borough, Bexley’s only Labour MP Teresa Pearce thanked constituents for electing her for her third term.

Speaking moments after the result was announced, Ms Pearce thanked said: “I’d like to thank all of the candidates who care enough about our patch to want to represent it.

“It’s a very, very unsual constituency, half in Bexley and half in Greenwich, the whole area is changing all the time and its very diverse, but I’ve been honoured to have represented for the past seven years and I’m just gobsmacked and humbled by the faith that voters have shown in me.”

To retain the safe Labour seat, Ms Pearce gained 25,582 votes, the highest amount of ballot boxes ticked in the party’s favour since the constituency’s first election in 1997.

“It has been a really weird election,” said the MP.

“It’s the first snap election I’ve ever been involved in and I don’t really want another one, because it’s not been like a general election it’s been more like 650 by-elections, and we’ve seen some really bizarre results up and down the country.

“All bets were off in terms of what could happen, but I thank every body for the support they’ve given me and the teams that we’ve had out have been amazing.”

To see the results in full, click here.

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