MP calls for Labour to unite
PUBLISHED: 11:57 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:50 25 August 2010
A BULLISH MP has remained optimistic after his party was mauled in the European elections. Labour MP for Eltham, Clive Efford, said he was not worried about losing his marginal seat if a future general election follows the same pattern. But he said th
A BULLISH MP has remained optimistic after his party was mauled in the European elections.
Labour MP for Eltham, Clive Efford, said he was "not worried" about losing his marginal seat if a future general election follows the same pattern.
But he said the drop in his Labour's share of the London vote was a "rally cry" to unite the party.
Labour's share of the London vote dropped 3.5 per cent this year compared to the 2004 election.
However, MEPs Claude Moraes and Mary Honeyball retained their seats. Robert Evans stepped down after London's MEP allocation was cut from nine to eight.
It is the worst national result for Labour since WWII and in some areas of the country, they were beaten by the fringe party UKIP.
Mr Efford said: "The results were not good and people were sending a message to the party. The message is that they want us to unite.
"They don't want a fragmented government."
Questioned whether he thought a general election could mirror a poor result for Labour, he said: "The Tories would have to come up with the figures to prove that they would win it.
"The party is going to have to unite around Gordon Brown."
The British National Party (BNP) secured its first European seats in Yorkshire and Humber yet despite an increase of its share of the votes by 20 per cent, it was not enough to grab a London seat.
The UK Indpendence Party's votes dropped by 1.6 per cent, the party's only MEP Gerard Batten managed to hang on to his seat.
He said: "We won, that's the main thing. Turnout was well down, a lot of the parties have been hit by the MP's expenses scandal."
Tories increased their London votes by 0.6 per cent, retaining all its three MEPs.
The results were: Conservative (3), The Labour Party (2), Liberal Democrats (1), Green Party (1), UK Independence Party (1).