increased the labour majority in tooting
JUNIOR doctor Rosena Allin-Khan
won the Tooting byelection last Thursday (16), in a victory that was overshadowed by the brutal murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.
received 17,894 votes as she comfortably took the seat of the south London constituency for the Labour party with a majority of 6,357. However, proceedings on the day had a sombre and muted air as thoughts were still very much on the tragic killing of the Yorkshire politician the previous day (15).
silence in memory of Cox, who died after being shot and stabbed multiple times in Birstall, West Yorkshire, was adhered to at Wands- worth town hall in south London, where the count took place.
doubled Labour’s majority of 2,842 to 6,357 in the seat which was vacated after Sadiq Khan became London mayor, with a turnout of 42.5 per cent.
declined to make a victory speech given the “horrific events of yesterday and the shocking death of Jo Cox,” and instead chose to make a short statement.
She said: “First of all, I would like to give my profound thanks to the people of Tooting for electing me as their MP.
“But my thoughts and prayers are with Jo’s husband and her children. She was a proud and passionate campaigner who will be desperately missed. Jo’s death reminds us that our democracy is precious but fragile – we must never forget to cherish it. Thousands of people voted today and we are all here in recognition of our democratic values.”
said: “I love Tooting. I was born and raised here, and there’s no other place I’d rather raise my children.
“As your MP, I will use all my experience, including as an A&E specialist doctor at St George’s Hos- pital, to improve local services and make sure our area remains affordable for everyone living here.”
Wandsworth mayor Richard Field said: “This by- election has been tragically overshadowed by yesterday’s terrible events and our thoughts…are with the family and the constituents of Jo Cox.”