Barry was, last night, elected as Member of Parliament for Brent North for the 6th time.
At the count, which took place overnight at Brent Civic Centre, Acting Returning Officer Carolyn Downs declared Barry the winner of the Brent North seat. Barry won 35,496 votes, a majority of 17,061 votes over his nearest opponent. Both Barry’s majority and share of the vote are higher than at any time since Barry was first elected in 1997. Turnout in Brent North was 68.4%, the highest it has been since the 1992 general election.
The election, which took place after the Prime Minister’s decision to call an election for the 8th June was approved by Parliament, was widely expected to result in a large majority for the Conservative Party but instead resulted in a ‘hung’ Parliament with no single party gaining a majority. The Labour party gained 30 seats, winning 262 seats overall.
Speaking following the election, Barry said:
“The affection that I have for the people of my constituency- and that it would appear they have for me- is something that I deeply treasure. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have served the people of Brent North these past 20 years and I am humbled that over 35,000 of you have once again decided to put your trust in me as your Member of Parliament. It was overwhelming to see queues at polling stations as more people participated in our democracy than at any point since I won the seat in 1997. We ran an honest campaign and were vindicated for it.
We did the same nationally. Labour won 40% of the vote, gained over 30 seats and against all odds, humbled a Prime Minister who believed herself to be invincible. There was arrogance from the Prime Minister when she called this election, she took the country for granted and she believed that people had nowhere to go. We gave them somewhere to go because we had a manifesto that was honest and straightforward about policies and it said things that the people of this country wanted to hear. The Prime Minister offered a manifesto that was light on detail and, where it gave any clarity, only revealed to the people of this country that it was against them and not for them.
This is now a government hanging by a thread and has become the coalition of chaos of its own election campaign. We will work every day to bring about a Labour government that will govern in the interests of the many not the few.”