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What the politicians said after Tories win Hillingdon by seven seats

Updated: May 9

Here is the reaction from some of the key politicians after the Conservatives retained control of Hillingdon Council by seven seats on Friday morning. Their previous majority was 23 in 2018. Conservative Group Leader Ian Edwards said:

“I’m delighted with the outcome. Of course, it is humbling to retake control of the administration particularly in the circumstances which I understand across London are not particularly favourable, but we have a tremendous track record in this record of delivering a great council service and fantastic high-quality facilities, low taxation. I’m delighted that residents have again entrusted us with running the council. We will learn lessons from this election, of course, we do from everyone. We will come back stronger and we will regain the seats that we misplaced tonight, but we will find them again.”

[In response to being asked: “What are the factors that led to the dent that has been made?”]

“Let’s not take this too far out of context. The dent is no bigger than the dent they had in 2014. A lot has happened since 2014, not all of it positive in regards to the Conservatives if the press and the national picture is to be considered. So, I don’t think that it’s a strong position for Labour locally. We are still in control. We have a good majority and we will be working very hard to regain the trust of the residents that on this occasion decided that they couldn’t support us. Thankfully though we’ve managed to retain the trust of the majority.”

Conservative Group Leader Ian Edwards

Peter Curling, Labour Group Leader, said:

“As in all elections, there’s good and bad but on the whole I think it’s been a good evening for the Labour group. We’ve made significant gains particularly in the Uxbridge constituency. We previously had no councillors in the Uxbridge constituency.

"We’ve now got three councillors in Boris Johnson’s constituency. Overall, we’re between about three and four hundred votes away from taking control of the council, which is significant. We’ve also increased our portion of the council that we have.

"Before tonight we had 30% of the council seats – we’ve now got 43% of the council seats. It was always going to be a bit of a stretch to take control of the council but we’ve made significant gains that build on the foundations for four years' time.”

Peter Curling, Labour Group Leader, pictured by Nivedita Bhushan tonight at the Brunel athletic centre

John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, said:

“My comment on the election is that we’ve consolidated the Labour support in my own constituency where we’ve taken one of the seats back but the most important thing is we’ve driven into the Uxbridge constituency. The Uxbridge constituency is rock solid Conservative – it has been for over three generations.

"It’s the seat of the prime minister and to be in a situation where he’s losing Council seats at this stage demonstrates that actually the Conservatives and him in particular are losing their support and popularity.

"What came up on the doorstep unprompted was the Prime Minister’s behaviour - Partygate and moral issues as well - but also the government isn’t supporting people sufficiently because of the cost-of-living crisis.

"These were two issues that came up all the time. If I was a Conservative back-bencher now I’d be worried about my own political life expectancy. With Boris Johnson as prime minister I don’t think he’s sustainable in office as a prime minister.”

John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, pictured by Nivedita Bhushan tonight at the Brunel athletic centre