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Friday, 7 May 2010

Richmond Park turns blue

Although Twickenham, Carshalton and Wallington, Kingston and Surbiton and Sutton all stayed yellow under the Lib Dems, Richmond Park became a Tory seat under Zac Goldsmith.

The results weren't in until just before six o'clock this morning in one of the most strongly fought battles seen for many years in SW London.

Goldsmith [pictured with his sister Jemima Khan], polled 29,464 votes to Susan Kramer's 25,370.

Critics of Goldsmith say his huge profile secured the vote - but many residents say they've been unimpressed as issues such as Parking charges in Richmond Park, Heathrow's proposed third runway and Kingston hospital closures began to surface.

Chants of I back Zac filled the auditorium at the Richmond Park count. Mr Goldsmith has now vowed to fight all of the above.

Green issues are close to his heart. He began his political career as green advisor to David Cameron after working as director of the Ecologist magazine.

Unfortunately, the woman who has pushed through parking charges for the Royal Park in Richmond, Margaret Hodge, managed to hold onto her Labour seat of Barking.

Find out about SW London's newest MP here

CON GAIN FROM LD:Top three parties at a glance - Richmond Park.
Political Party Vote Share %
Conservatives under Zac Goldsmith 49.7
Liberal Democrats under Susan Kramer 42.8
Labour under Eleanor Tunnicliffe 5.0
Constituency Swing 7.% from LD to CON
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:51 pm  

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