MP’s surprise’ at landslide win

PUBLISHED: 17:51 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 25 August 2010

A LABOUR MP said a landslide council by-election win was a surprise.

A LABOUR MP said a landslide council by-election win was "a surprise".

Matthew Morrow won the Plumstead by-election last Thursday with more than double the votes of the runner-up Conservative candidate Adetokunbo Bailey.

Thamesmead Labour MP John Austin admitted this probably came as a surprise to most people and was the beginning of Labour's bounce back.

He said: "Obviously we had a first class candidate in whom the voters had confidence, but the size of Labour's victory was perhaps a surprise for all of us with the best vote for Labour on record in Plumstead and a more than six per cent swing from the Conservatives to Labour."

The 21.56 per cent turnout brought Mr Morrow a majority of 776 votes, totalling 1,318 in all. The by-election was called following the death of councillor Kanta Patel.

Mr Bailey came away with 542 votes, Liberal Democrat candidate Leonie Katherine Barron with 195 votes and the Green Party candidate Jessica Currie with 175 votes.

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