Green and Reform General Election gains show tale of two cities in London

-Credit: (Image: Getty Images)
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Labour's dominance writes the headlines in the capital, but an inner London surge for the Greens and gains for Reform on the outer edges paints a tale of two cities. Sadiq Khan's victory in the London mayoral contest in May proved an accurate litmus test of his party's popularity, with the mayor earning 44 per cent of the vote compared to Labour's 43 per cent on Thursday, July 4.

Less so for the Conservatives, whose mayoral candidate Susan Hall earned 33 per cent of the vote compared to the pitiful 21 per cent of the vote share picked up by her party yesterday. Instead, it seems, some Londoners, living in the UK's most diverse city, flocked to the more radical ends of the ballot paper as the anti-immigration party, Reform UK, picked up 11 per cent of the vote share in Outer London.

Reform's overall vote share of 8.5 per cent was twice as much as the party managed in the mayoral election, when candidate Howard Cox, standing on an anti-ULEZ ticket, earned 3.1 per cent of the vote. The Greens also fared better in terms of vote share with 10.1 per cent of the vote on Thursday, compared to 5.8 per cent for mayoral candidate Zoe Garbett in May.

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The Tories only just survived a Reform scare in Hornchurch and Upminster, where Julia Lopez won with 15,260 votes to the Reform candidate's 13,317. Continuing the trend in East London and beyond, Reform came second place in Dagenham and Rainham; Barking; and Erith and Thamesmead, though the party did not stand a chance of winning these seats.

While the Green Party also performed well in Outer London, winning eight per cent of votes, up 6 per cent from 2019, their biggest gains came in Inner London with 13.6 per cent of the votes, up 9 per cent. This actually put them ahead of the Tories, on 13.4 per cent, who were wiped out after losing strongholds in Chelsea and Fulham and the Cities of London and Westminster.

The Greens pulled off second place in several pollution-afflicted seats, mostly based around inner East and South London, but were way off putting any real pressure on Labour to pull off a surprise victory. Meanwhile, targeted campaigning by the Liberal Democrats in South West London saw them sweep to victory in six seats.

Pro-Palestinian independents perform well

Independent parties running against Labour on pro-Palestine tickets also performed well in seats across East London. Comments from Prime Minister Keir Starmer, who told LBC Israel 'has the right' to withhold power and water from Gaza in the days after the October 7 attack, proved an obstacle to Labour support in areas with a high Muslim population.

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