Both becoming MPs for the first time, Mark Logan (MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies, 2016) wins Bolton North East for the Conservative Party and James Murray (PPE, 2001) wins Ealing North for Labour.
In one of the major shocks of the evening in the North West, Conservative candidate Mark Logan triumphed by 378 votes in Bolton North East , a traditional Labour stronghold, winning 19,759 votes.
Mark, a former diplomat and head of communications at the British Consulate in Shanghai, China, said: "I'm absolutely gobsmacked. So many people have put their faith in me because they want to see a change.”
He listed 'getting Brexit done', and the regeneration of Bolton town centre as his top priorities. "Bolton North East has an exciting future and I can help guide everyone that's backed me, but also those that haven't, to make Bolton a better place to live,” he said.
Former London Deputy Mayor for Housing, James Murray has held Ealing North for Labour, taking over from his predecessor Stephen Pound. James retained Labour’s Ealing North seat, having secured 56.5% of the vote share with 28,036 votes.
In his campaign video James pledged to fight for a government who will put clear socialist values into action. Backed by the trade union, Unite and he is a supporter of trade union and workplace rights, and called for more investment in public services.
“I’m very honoured that people in Ealing North put their trust in me to be their MP. I’m looking forward to working day in, day out to represent everyone that lives in Ealing North, and to stand up for the community. Some of the things that are most important to me are making sure we have more affordable housing, and to make sure that we protect the NHS,” he said.