Election 2019

General election 2019: Labour holds seats in Warwickshire and Coventry

Zarah Sultana
Image caption Zarah Sultana became the Labour MP in Coventry South

Labour held on to its seats in Warwickshire and Coventry with reduced majorities as the Conservatives won constituencies around the country.

Matt Western was re-elected for Warwick and Leamington with his majority cut to 789, beating Conservative Jack Rankin.

Elsewhere in Warwickshire, the Tories held their seats, with most seeing increased majorities.

Zarah Sultana, the new Labour MP for Coventry South, said her "grassroots campaign" on the streets had worked.

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Media captionGeneral election 2019: Labour loses across West Midlands

Jeremy Corbyn said Labour had a "very disappointing night" and he would not fight a future election.

There were recounts in Coventry North West and Coventry South, where Ms Sultana won with a majority of 401 - down from 7,947 in 2017.

She said she knew it would be hard to be "a newcomer" after Jim Cunningham, the Labour MP since 1997, stood down, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

"Scrapping universal credit is something I firmly believe in," she said.

"I have seen the hurt it has inflicted on people, on food banks and the homeless."

Image caption Marcus Jones (centre with rosette) was among Conservative winners celebrating the results

Jeremy Wright was re-elected for the Conservatives in Kenilworth and Southam, with a majority of 20,353, an increase of 2,277 votes from 2017.

In Nuneaton, Marcus Jones secured 27,390 votes and increased his majority by 8,405.

Mark Pawsey and Craig Tracey were re-elected for Rugby and Warwickshire North respectively.

Nadhim Zahawi was re-elected as Stratford-upon-Avon's Conservative MP. He secured more than 60% of the vote - 33,343 votes compared with 13,371 for Labour's Dominic Skinner who came second.

Another new MP, Taiwo Owatemi, held Coventry North West for Labour, with a majority of 208 over Conservative candidate Clare Golby. Labour had a majority of 8,580 in the 2017 election.

Ms Owatemi said Brexit was the big issue mentioned by voters on the door step.

"We knew it would be close but I am delighted the people of Coventry have still chosen to stay with us," she said.

Colleen Fletcher was re-elected as the Labour MP for Coventry North East but saw her majority cut from 15,580 to 7,692.

A by-election on Warwick District Council saw the Conservatives hold on to the Warwick Myton & Heathcote ward with 1,710 votes, 631 clear of their nearest rivals, Labour.

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