Ghanaian woman, Abena Oppong-Asare has been elected as the next MP for Erith and Thamesmead after winning the seat with 48 per cent of the votes and a majority of 3,758.
It was declared early on Friday morning that Ms Oppong-Asare will become the new Labour MP for the constituency after she received 19,882 votes.
And the bubbly MP went to Twitter to thank all who voted for her:
Thank you very much to everyone who voted for me to become the @E_TLabour MP. Also thank you to everyone that rallied behind me – working their socks off to make this possible. There are soo many unsung heroes who helped me fight to keep this seat red! 🌹 pic.twitter.com/RzvLSqrEqV
— Abena Oppong-Asare MP (@abenaopp) December 13, 2019
The Conservative candidate, Joe Robertson, came in at second place on election night, receiving 16,124 votes.
He was followed by Brexit Party candidate Tom Bright with 2,246 votes and Liberal Democrat Sam Webber with 1,984 votes.
The Green Party candidate Claudine Letsae won 876 votes, whilst Richard Mitchell of Christian Peoples Alliance received 272.
Labour’s Teresa Pearce was the constituency’s long-standing MP, winning the seat in the last three elections, but she stepped down ahead of the 2019.
Oppong-Asare, a former Bexley councillor who has worked as a researcher in City Hall replaced retiring incumbent Teresa Pearce as the Labour candidate.
Pearce has represented the constituency since 2010 and won the south-east London seat in 2017 with a substantial majority of 10,014 votes. Erith and Thamesmead has been red since its creation in 1997.