London battlegrounds that could swing the election | London


Election results in just half a dozen Parliamentary seats in London could decide the outcome of the general election.

Theresa May’s return to Downing Street would be in doubt if Labour could capture one Tory marginal and hang on to four others.

Jeremy Corbyn’s chances would also be boosted by a handful of Liberal Democrat victories in south west London.

Labour’s campaign in the capital was focused on defending four constituencies won in 2015 – Ealing Central & Acton, Brentford & Isleworth, Enfield North and Ilford North.

Early campaign opinion polls suggested the party’s only realistic hope of capturing a seat lay in ultra marginal Croydon South where London Minister Gavin Barwell defends the capital’s slimmest majority of just 165.

The Liberal Democrats were hoping to recapture Sir Vince Cable’s former Twickenham seat from Conservative Dr Tania Mathias as well as the neighbouring constituency of Kingston.

The party was also counting on anti-Brexit feelings to help Sir Simon Hughes return to Parliament in his old seat of Bermondsey & Old Southwark but Labour’s 4,489 majority makes it a formidable challenge.

The Lib Dems’ ‘long shot’ target is rock-solid Labour Vauxhall where candidate George Turner is attempting an election night sensation by toppling veteran pro-Brexit MP Kate Hoey.

Tory targets include Carshalton & Wallington where Liberal Democrat Tom Brake has been MP since 1997.

Former Tory ‘turncoat’ Zac Goldsmith hopes to recapture the Richmond Park seat he lost to Lib Dem Sarah Olney in a by-election in November.

A good night for the Conservatives would also see previously safe Labour seats like Dagenham & Rainham and Eltham change hands.



Source : http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-06-08/london-battlegrounds-that-could-swing-the-election/

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