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London’s Fortunes in the General Election

Last month’s General Election results show that London is even more firmly established as a Labour stronghold with 48 Labour MPs, almost every one with an increased majority, 21 Conservative MPs and three Lib-Dem MPs.

London now has two of the most marginal seats in the country.

Kensington was the last constituency to declare late on the Friday afternoon after three recounts.

Emma Dent-Coad was finally named as the winner with a tiny 20 vote majority, making her the first Labour MP for Kensington since the constituency was created in 1974.

And in Richmond Park there were also recounts and a slim majority of 45.

This time it was Conservative Zac Goldsmith who won back the constituency from Lib-Dem Sarah Olney who had beaten him in a by-election in 2016 following his resignation over the government announcement of a third runway at Heathrow.

During the campaign, we obtained commitments from many of the candidates to work with FSB on behalf of small businesses in their constituencies, if they were elected.

We intend to hold them to those commitments and will work to ensure all London MPs fully understand current FSB positions on the big issues that affect small businesses in London.