Thangam returns as MP with majority of 37,336

June 22 2017

AN election that promised a tight contest between the Green Party and the Labour Party in Bristol West turned into a landslide victory for sitting MP Thangam Debbonaire.

AN election that promised a tight contest between the Green Party and the Labour Party in Bristol West turned into a landslide victory for sitting MP Thangam Debbonaire.

A huge 77 per cent of voters turned out across the Bristol West constituency on June 8. Labour candidate Ms Debbonaire comfortably retained her seat with 47,213 votes, vastly increasing her majority with almost two-thirds of the overall vote.

She said: “I am thrilled to be returned as your Labour Member of Parliament for Bristol West. Thank you.

“Whether people voted Labour for our fantastic manifesto and Jeremy Corbyn's leadership; or because of the local issues I’ve been campaigning on – like an autism-friendly Bristol, clean air for the city, a proper supported welcome for refugees; or out of a strong desire to oppose a cliff-edge Tory Brexit and austerity, Bristol West voted loudly and clearly for progressive politics and for hope. 

“And a great result in taking Bristol North West from the Conservatives means Bristol now has an even more powerful Labour voice in Parliament. Along with Marvin Rees, Karin Smyth, Kerry McCarthy and Darren Jones, I’ll work hard to hold to account the weak and wobbly government that Theresa May is desperately cobbling together.”

The Green Party had focused much of their national attention on the seat, hoping to secure their second MP in Parliament but their candidate Molly Scott Cato was pushed into third place behind the Conservative candidate Annabel Tall.

Ms Scott Cato, a member of the European Parliament,  said: “I’m feeling pretty gutted but so proud of the campaign we ran. I’ve loved the hopefulness that the people of Bristol West have shown. Whether they chose Green or Corb,yn, the people of Bristol West have rejected the hateful politics of the Tories.

“Bristol has for a long time been a hive of green thinking and activism and will continue to be so. The Green Party will continue to be the political voice for this green vision. We are in this for the long haul and our green councillors will continue carrying the green baton on behalf of Bristol residents and keep building on our success in the city.”

 

The full results from Bristol West were Thangam Debbonaire (Labour): 47,213, Annabel Tall (Conservative): 9,877, Molly Scott Cato (Greens): 9,216, Stephen Williams (Lib Dem): 5,201, Jodian Rodgers (Money Free Party): 101.

MP column: Page 10