Day: June 9, 2017


High turnout numbers among young people being a “positive thing for the country” was the focus for Matthew Pennycook as he was re-elected MP for Greenwich and Woolwich.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Pennycook thanked his campaign team and his family, but also praised young people for turning out to vote.

The turnout in Greenwich and Woolwich was 68.8 per cent, up from 63.7 per cent in 2015.

Malia Bouattia, from the National Union of Students, said on Twitter that turnout among 18 to 24 years olds was 72 per cent, a massive increase from the 43 per cent who turned out in 2015.


Mr Pennycook said: “I think this has been an astounding election. It has confounded the critics.

“It has brought young people out to vote in record numbers, something which, whatever your political view, has got to be a positive thing for the country and our political system going forward.

“I think it has shown what can be done when we put hope at the centre of our politics instead of fear and division.”


Mr Pennycook increased his vote share by 12.2 per cent, up to 64.4 per cent of the vote with 34,215 votes.

His nearest rival, Caroline Attfield for the Conservatives, saw their vote share drop by 1.2 per cent for only 25.4 per cent of the vote.

My Pennycook said: “As I have said to residents throughout this campaign, it has been the privilege of my life to have represented the seat where I live, where I care passionately about.

“I can’t wait to get back on with the job and to continue to champion the people and the place that is Greenwich and Woolwich.”





Harriet Harman admitted she “underestimated” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after strengthening her majority to be elected for the tenth time following Thursday’s elections.

The Labour MP managed to increase her 2015 majority by more almost 11,500 in just two years to retain her Camberwell and Peckham seat with 44,665 votes.

It came as Corbyn defied critics to gain Labour seats across the country to the surprise of many.

The UK woke up to news that the election had ended in a hung parliament today – as well as calls for Theresa May to step aside as prime minister after a disastrous snap general election.

However, Ms May, MP in Maidstone, has said she has no intention of resigning.

Speaking after her win was announced, Ms Harman said: “We are beginning to feel optimistic for the first time.

“We will return absolutely to the fight on behalf of the people of Southwark.”

Camberwell & Peckham results:

Turnout: 67.34%

Harriet Harman (Lab): 44,665

Ben Spencer (Cons): 7,349

Michael Bukola (Lib Dem): 3,413

Eleanor Margolies (Green): 1,627

Ray Towey (CPA): 227

Aminata Sellu (WRP): 131




There can be absolutely no doubt that the winner and hero of the last ill advised gamble of the just concluded Elections called by prime minister Theresa May is Labour leader Jeremy Corbin.

Up till a few years ago, Corbyn was an outsider backbench Labour MP known for protests and campaigning against government and party policies. His relentless criticisms made him a deeply unpopular colleague to fellow backbench and cabinet MPs but surprisingly a favorite of party members and supporters.  Seeing off firm favourites such as Angela Eagle and Owen Smith in not 1 but 2  battles to become the Labour party leader, he has become the one who gave the Tories and Theresa May a good run for their money, capturing 40% of the vote against the Tories 43%.

Who can forget last year, when more than two dozen members of the Shadow Cabinet resigned over two days, and a no-confidence vote was supported by 172 MPs in the Parliamentary Labour Party, against 40 supporting Corbyn, following criticism of his allegedly weak support for the Remain campaign in the referendum on membership of the European Union and questions about his leadership of the party. Not even his deputy Tom Watson could summon  up enough support for him and went as far as telling him in no uncertain terms to step down.

Ironically, many Labour MPs who are still in Parliament – including many former Shadow Cabinet Ministers who deserted him in their droves, now owe their jobs to Jeremy Corbyn.

Under his leadership and following a firebrand 6 weeks campaigning, Corbin reached the parts of the populace that many before him failed to – the young people and students.  Taking on board the very areas where the Tories had failed over the past 7 years – tuition fees, NHS, cuts in police, zero hours work, pension and benefit cuts, introduction of food banks etc – he was able to open the eyes and mind of a large portion of the already embittered populace groaning under the bitting austerity government of the Tories and cause the “enough is enough” reaction.

While the Labour party might have not won the election, they are undoubtedly the biggest winners in the vote snatching 34 seats from the Tories and seeing off two Tory ministers and former LibDem leader Nick Clegg.

At the time the election was called, the Tories looked set for a landslide victory with the polls putting them 22 points ahead but by the eve of the elections, they were a mere 3 points ahead of Labour.

According to Corbyn, the PM called the election because she wanted a mandate. But the mandate she’s got is lost conservatives seats, lost votes, lost support, lost confidence.

The irony, is that all these are what the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn have gained.