Result for Luton South – Gavin Shuker holds seat for Labour

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Gavin Shuker has retained his parliamentary seat for Luton South.

Shuker received 18660 votes

The MP said: “I think we can all agree it was worth the wait.

“Thank you to the returning officer and all his staff, also the other candidates who’ve done themselves proud.”

Shuker thanked fellow MP Kelvin Hopkins whose “wisdom and advice” he said he relied upon on a daily basis.

Referring to far right candidate Paul Weston, he said: “There is no place for racism and facismk in our town. 158 votes is 158 votes too many and they’ve covered themselves in shame.

“I believe that Luton does best when it has a Labour government and a Labour MP.”

Results for Luton South:

LABOUR Gavin Shuker – 18660

CONSERVATIVE Katie Redmond – 12949

LIB DEM Ashuk Ahmed – 3183

GREEN Simon Hall – 1237

UKIP Yasin Rehman – 5129

INDEPENDENT Attiq Ahmed Malik – 900

NO TO TERROTISM YES TO BRITAIN Paul Weston - 158

Voter turnout was 63.0%, a minor reduction from the 2010 turnout of 64.58.

Created in 1983, Luton North largely replaced the old Luton East constituency.

It was a Conservative constituency held by the Tory MP Graham Bright until former MP Margaret Moran won the seat for Labour in 1997.

Total votes was 42647.Bballots rejected 431.