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Janet Daby expected to hold Lewisham East for Labour in by-election

VOTERS went to the polls today in the Lewisham East by-election triggered by the resignation of Labour’s Heidi Alexander.

The results for the 14 candidates are awaited tomorrow morning.

Janet Daby is expected to hold on to the seat for Labour after Ms Alexander quit to take up a job with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Ms Alexander had a massive majority of 21,213 in the south-east London constituency at the 2017 general election. 

The Tories had finished second with the Liberal Democrats a distant third.

Two former Ukip leadership contenders — David Kurten and For Britain founder and Sharia Watch director Anne Marie Waters — were also standing for election this time round.

Their hustings, which Ms Darby refused to attend, were shut down on Tuesday evening by a protest of around 100 anti-fascists including representatives from Communication Workers Union, the teachers’ unions and bakers’ and fast food workers’ union BFAWU.

Ms Waters previously stood in Lewisham East in 2015. The year after, she launched the British wing of Islamophobic organisation Pegida with now-incarcerated EDL co-founder Tommy Robinson, which Hope not Hate campaign group described as a “flop.”

 

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