Labour hold on to all three seats in Coventry, with closest margins ever

Coventry has remained red, bucking the national trend and against expectations.

The Labour Party held onto all three of its Coventry constituencies last night, in what was a bad election across the country for the party, with the Conservatives winning its biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher.

Labour is set for its lowest number of seats since 1935 as support crumbled in its former heartlands, with the Conservatives set to win a majority of between 78 and 82.

Many are insisting Brexit was to blame for Labour’s losses – however, others pointed the finger firmly at the leadership.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, is to stand down as party leader following a “period of reflection”.

In Coventry, a much brighter picture was painted for the Labour Party, albeit some much smaller majorities than the party is used to in the city.

In Coventry South, 26-year-old Labour MP Zarah Sultana triumphed, against expectations, to win a with a majority of just 401 votes.

The MP has replaced Jim Cunningham, long-standing former Labour MP for Coventry South who resigned earlier in the year.

Elsewhere, in Coventry North West, Labour MP Taiwo Owatemi won with an even smaller majority of just 208, one of the closest-ever elections in Coventry’s history.

In Coventry North East, Labour MP Colleen Margaret Fletcher retained her seat with a much stronger majority of 7,692.

Across the city, a total of 137,641 people voted, of which 409 ballots were rejected, for reasoning including voting for more than one candidate and submitting an empty ballot paper.

On the whole, the Labour Party won 47% of the votes in Coventry; the Conservative Party followed closely behind with 40% of the total votes.

The Liberal Democrats won 6% of the total votes, The Brexit Party 4% and the Green Party just 3%.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will now hold the role for the next four years, secured what he described as a “powerful new mandate to get Brexit done”.

Speaking at a victory rally in Westminster before sunrise this morning, Mr Johnson said, “I will put an end to all that nonsense and we will get Brexit done on time by the January 31 – no ifs, no buts, no maybes.”

Mr Johnson also praised traditional Labour voters who switched side and “lent” him their vote.

“Your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper as you put your cross in the Conservative box and you may intend to return to Labour the next time round,” said the PM.

“If that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me… and I will never take your support for granted.”

Elsewhere in the Midlands, the Conservative Party gained the constituency of Birmingham Northfield from Labour, with an unexpected majority of 1,640.

The Conservatives also gained two seats in near-by Wolverhampton.