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Bridget_Phillipson_Victory.jpgLabour parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Houghton and Sunderland South Bridget Phillipson has been emphatically re-elected as Member of Parliament for the north east seat. Bridget, who was defending the seat following five years in Parliament, increased her majority by 1,948 votes.

As well as increasing her majority, Bridget secured an increased share of the vote with a 4.8% swing to Labour. Turnout was also up as voters came out to show their support for a campaigning local MP who has worked hard over the last five years to stand up for her constituents, press for improved local transport services, improve local schools and put forward the case for a strong north east economy.

There was further good news later in the evening when it became clear that Labour local election candidates had swept the board in Houghton and Sunderland South. The highlight was Mary Turton’s narrow but hard fought victory in Copt Hill ward, a seat not held by Labour since 2007.

Speaking after the result was declared, Bridget said:Bridget_Phillipson__Sharon_Hodgson_and_Julie_Elliott.jpeg
“It is a privilege to have been re-elected to serve the people of Houghton and Sunderland South.

"We ran a positive campaign here that focused on the needs of the people of this constituency and the north east. As a result, people across Sunderland have renewed their confidence in me and more importantly their trust in Labour.

"I am delighted that more people came out to vote for me than in 2010, that there was a 5% swing to Labour and that my majority has increased by almost 2,000. These fantastic results have given me a very clear mandate to go to Westminster and continue fighting for Houghton and Sunderland South and the wider region.

“Obviously, I am massively disappointed with Labour’s performance nationally. A majority Conservative government is bad news for my constituents and bad news for the north east as a whole. But it is up to Labour now to make the case for something better – we need to convince people across the country that Labour has a positive vision for the future of this country.

"I will now return to Westminster and make that case in Parliament, as I have always done, in order to help Labour become a better force for Britain. I am confident that we can win again in 2020."

Bridget wins increased majority in successful night for Labour in Houghton and Sunderland South

Labour parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Houghton and Sunderland South Bridget Phillipson has been emphatically re-elected as Member of Parliament for the north east seat. Bridget, who was defending...

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It’s finally here - the polls open this morning for voting in the UK General Election.Whatever you are up today don't forget to vote and ensure that your voice is...

Campaigning_Copt.jpegLabour parliamentary candidate for Houghton and Sunderland South Bridget Phillipson has maintained momentum in her campaign for re-election in tomorrow's General Election.

Come wind, rain or shine Bridget and her team of volunteers have been canvassing regularly across the constituency to speak to voters and help communicate Labour's plan for a better Britain.

Thanks to their efforts, 'Vote Labour' garden stakes and posters can be seen all over Houghton and Sunderland South as many people show their support.

Tomorrow is one of the most important days in a generation, when Britain will decide its future. Britain faces a clear choice between an Labour government that will put working people first or a Tory government that only stands up for a privileged few. 

Bridget's campaign presses on as voters prepare to go to the polls

Labour parliamentary candidate for Houghton and Sunderland South Bridget Phillipson has maintained momentum in her campaign for re-election in tomorrow's General Election.


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