It’s the day of reckoning. Tonight is the climax of one of the most extraordinary general election campaigns ever. Join the Wythenshawe reporter from about 11pm for what could be a rollercoaster journey. Click here for our live blog.
Mike Kane has held Wythenshawe for Labour, polling 28,525 votes. The result was announced by Lord Mayor and Wythenshawe councillor, Eddy Newman.
Mr Kane paid tribute to the Mayor for his leadership in the aftermath of the terror attack in the city and praised emergency services. He said Prime Minister Theresa May had made a major miscalculation believing she could achieve a hard Brexit.
Both Jeff Smith who held Withington and Lucy Powell who held Manchester Central with more than 38,000 votes said their results were “humbling”.
Graham Stringer held Blackley and Broughton for Labour.
And there will be a new Labour MP in Parliament after former Manchester Lord Mayor, Afzal Khan held the seat with 35,085 votes. Defeated reality TV star George Galloway, who hoped to stage a political comeback, did a Theresa May and didn’t stick around for the result. He polled 2650 votes.
Afzal Khan paid tribute to Gerald Kauffman, the veteran Gorton MP who died earlier this year, calling him a “tireless campaigner for Manchester”.
The final result of the election is a hung parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt to form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party. Critics have already pointed out the party’s position on Brexit which appears at odds with the Tories’ position and it’s “historical links with Loyalist paramilitaries”.
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Thank You to the people of Wythenshawe and Sale East
I was honoured to serve as the campaign director and an agent for Fiona Green in the recent General Election. We and all of her team are grateful for the honour that so many gave her with their trust in voting for her on June 8th. We were all inspired by the optimism and the honesty of all those we met who shared their hopes and fears with us in a way that our democracy enables people to do so. Fiona, like me is a Conservative Party supporter and Brexit campaigner because we both believe in Britain and that our government at all levels must be accountable to all of the people they are there to serve. We both wish all of the people in the constituency well in the future.
Peter Booth, Altrincham