Pinto-Duschinsky takes Hendon seat by 15 votes following recount

The Labour candidate was running in the constituency for the second time after losing in 2019 reports David Floyd

Candidates await the announcement of the Hendon result
Candidates await the announcement of the Hendon result

David Pinto-Duschinsky narrowly became the third Labour candidate to take a Barnet seat from the Conservatives following a recount this morning.  

Running in the seat for the second time, following his loss to Matthew Offord in 2019, Pinto-Duschinsky defeated Conservative Ameet Jogia by just 15 votes. This narrow win followed earlier success for Sarah Sackman in Finchley and Golders Green, and Dan Tomlinson in Chipping Barnet.

In his victory speech, the new MP said: “To the people of Hendon I say, I am deeply grateful. Your vote today has delivered a message to the Conservatives.”

He added: “After 14 years of Conservative chaos and failure you have demanded change. The Labour Party has heard you.”

While national polls had suggested the Finchley and Golders Green was the Barnet seat most likely to be held by the Conservatives, local activists for both Labour and the Tories had suspected that it was Hendon that would be the closest contest.

This proved to be correct and, as a result, it was almost 9am before the result was declared following a recount. 

Jogia, a Harrow councillor and adviser to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, fought a strong campaign which particularly tapped into local concerns about development including opposition to The Broadwalk Centre redevelopment in Edgware and the Hendon Hub. 

Results in full:

David Pinto-DuschinskyLabour15,85538.4-2.5
Ameet JogiaConservative15,84038.4-10.5
Joshua PearlReform UK3,038  7.4NEW
Gabrielle BaileyGreen Party2,667  6.5 +4.9
Clareine EnderbyLiberal Democrat1,966  4.8-3.8
Imtiaz PalekarWorkers Party1,518  3.7NEW
Ben RendRejoin EU  233  0.6NEW
Jane GibsonSDP  139  0.3NEW

Majority – 15 / 0.0% 

Turnout – 55.4%

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