MP loses seat after 32 years

Mon 11 May 2015, 9:53 am

After 32 years, the Liberal Democrat politician, Simon Hughes, has lost his Bermondsey and Old Southwark seat to Labourís Neil Coyle.

Coyle’s 22,146 votes gave him a majority over Hughes’s 17,657 in the General Election on Thursday (7 May).

Hughes was appointed as the coalition government’s minister for justice in December 2013 and has held the Southwark constituency since 1983.

On stepping down, he said: “What we have tried to do is to make sure we have changed the lives forever of hundreds and thousands of people here.

“We helped them when they have been in need and badly served by council, City Hall, Greater London Council or government.”

Coyle, the new MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, has lived in Southwark since 2005 and has been a councillor in the constituency ward of Newington since 2010, acknowledged Hughes’s long service in his victory speech.

He said: “I would like to acknowledge the three decades of contribution that Simon Hughes has made to people’s lives in this community through case work.”