Seema Malhotra has been re-elected as MP for Feltham and Heston with an increased vote and an increased majority.
The Labour and Co-operative MP saw her vote go up to 32,462 (61.2%) compared to 25,845 (52.3%) in the 2015 General Election. Her majority also increased, to 15,603 compared to 11,463 at the last General Election. Overall turnout also increased to 64.9% from 60.1% in 2015.
In her acceptance speech Seema said:
I want to first thank the people of Feltham and Heston for the trust they have shown in me in re-electing me tonight to serve as their Member of Parliament.
I want to thank Mary Harpley the Chief Executive of Hounslow Council and all her team for all their work during the election and the count tonight. And also to our police who have worked incredibly hard to run the election smoothly and keep us safe.
It’s been a tough election, marred by attacks in Manchester and London that have devastated us all and only served to bring us closer together.
I am heartened that in the face of such brutal attacks which have sought to threaten our democracy that we have stood tall – and that voters have come out in high numbers tonight.
Theresa May has sought to make this an election about Brexit. But the reality is that Theresa May’s vision of a hard Brexit is not what the country wants. This has also been an election about a different vision of our future from that which the Tories offer. It has been an election about our NHS, our schools, our police that have seen 20,000 police officers cut, our community cohesion.
The result tonight shows that politics has changed and that people want a politics of hope to help with the challenges they face.
Over the last six weeks we have engaged with voters in every corner of the constituency. They have told me about the concerns they have about their jobs, older people’s care, about younger people’s prospects, about the wellbeing of our children, about the safety in their communities.
Their causes are my causes and I will fight every day for a better future for my constituents and for our country. For politics is about choices – and for me, about choices that make life better for the many not just the few.
And a big thank you to my family, my agent John Lindsley, my Parliamentary and constituency staff who work so hard to serve our constituents with passion and dedication and to Hounslow’s incredible Labour councillors who work every day to make Hounslow a better place. Thankyou also to my incredible team of volunteers – young and old – who battled the elements to deliver leaflets and door knock through torrential rain – many of whom I have not yet met who came into our office, got in touch via email or facebook or twitter and just wanted to be part of it.
They showed a passion and commitment that has been inspirational – a passion for change to improve the lives of their fellow citizens.
The next Parliament is going to be a Parliament of huge challenges but also huge responsibility.
It will be an honour to continue to represent this constituency in Parliament, and I will work every day for progress, peace and prosperity for the people of Feltham and Heston.”