Simon Hughes MP- one of the leading figures in the Liberal Democrats- finds himself jobless today having represented Bermondsey and Old Southwark since 1983.
In his 9th parliamentary campaign in this constituency, he tasted defeat for the first time.
He lost 14 percent of his share of the vote and his opponent Labour’s Neil Coyle had a majority of 4,489 votes.
He’s a casualty of a catastrophic collapse in support for the LibDems throughout the country.
In the neighbouring constituency in the Borough of Southwark, Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman was re-elected.
But she finds herself in post-election defeat turmoil as well.
She’s again taking on the interim role of caretaker leader after Ed Miliband’s resignation and the party’s search for a new direction.
She herself has formally tendered her resignation as Deputy Leader.
2:59pm – Camberwell and Peckham results from last night – Harriet Harman held the seat for Labour and the final numbers are as follows:
Harriet Harman (Labour Party) – 32,614 votes
Naomi Newstead (Conservative Party) – 6,790 votes
Amelia Womack (Green Party) – 5,187 votes
Yahaya Kiingi (Liberal Democrats) – 2,580 votes
David Kurten (UK Independence Party) – 2,413 votes
Prem Goyal (All People’s Party) – 829 votes
Rebecca Fox (National Health Action Party) – 466 votes
Nick Wrack (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) – 292 votes
Alex Robertson (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol) – 197 votes
Joshua Ogunleye (Workers Revolution Party) – 107 votes
Felicity Anscomb (Whig Party) – 86 votes
5:21am – That’s it from me. The good people of Southwark Council need to get their building back and I need to get some shut eye. Be sure to keep up with us on Twitter at @LondonMMNews for updates throughout today.
5:10am – Most of the reporters, team members and well wishers have gone home for a good day’s sleep but the ever cheerful Neil Coyle remains for some photo ops with diehard supporters. The smile never leaves his face.
4:36am – The Final Numbers
Neil Coyle (Labour Party) – 22, 146 votes
Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat) – 17, 657 votes
JP Floru (Conservative Party) – 6,051 votes
Andrew Beadle (UK Independence Party) – 3, 254 votes
William Lavin (Green Party) – 2, 023 votes
Kingsley Abrams (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) – 142 votes
Lucy Hall (Independent) – 72 votes
Donald Cole (All People’s Party) – 59 votes
Steve Freeman (Republican Socialist) – 20 votes
4:11am – The result is in – Neil Coyle and Labour have taken Bermondsey and Old Southwark. Mr Coyle makes sure to acknowledge the decades of service Simon Hughes gave to the people of his constituency.
3:51am – Results coming any minute now.
3:43am – Estimates place announcement of the results ‘within the half hour.’
3:32am – The room breaks out in somewhat inexplicable cheers and clapping. We’re still waiting for an official announcement but it’s possible the result will be revealed sooner than 4 am.
3:20am – Cheers erupt as Simon Hughes walks through the atrium, a mob of cameras surrounding him. His somewhat tense expression doesn’t match the jovial mood of the rest of us in the room.
3:07am – More rumblings amongst those congregated in the atrium that the count will be extremely, extremely close. Expectations of the results announcement have been pushed back to 4am.
1:58am – The rumblings of just how close the election will be are growing louder.
Rumour from the count in Southwark says it looks like Simon Hughes might have lost his seat to Labour.
— Paul Twinn (@PaulTwinn) May 8, 2015
1:35am – Labour candidate Neil Coyle has arrived at the Southwark council building to thank supporters and speak to members of the press as the results of the count slowly draw closer.
1:14am – Reports coming in now that all counts within the Southwark council building (Camberwell & Peckham, Bermondsey & Old Southwark and the Chaucer Ward by-election) will all take longer than expected due to high voter turn out.
12:57am – The Chaucer Ward by-election results are expected to take longer than predicted, due to high voter turn out.
12:47am – Sources currently have Labour and Lib Dem neck in neck, with Conservatives coming in third and UKIP in fourth. The atmosphere is growing slightly more frantic as the counts progress.
12:19am – Reports coming in now that all ballot boxes have arrived on site. Apparently Camberwell was late.
12:03am – Conflicting reports of when the Camberwell ballot boxes will arrive. Reporters are dashing back and forth to do live links for radio and television, while camera men vie for the best shots of the action.
11:30pm – Waiting in the atrium of Southwark Council, keeping an eye on the national results. A few scattered cheers as Labour victories are announced.
10:42pm – The first ballot boxes are arriving at Southwark. The results are expected to be called around 3 am.
Hello. I’m Taylor Dalton and will be reporting live all developments in the counting for the constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark.
This is seen as a very close LibDem and Labour marginal.
Simon Hughes has won the seat in eight General Elections.
He has been a justice minister in the coalition government and recently deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats.
I’ll also be covering the results for Camberwell and Peckham which has been represented by the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman.
A reminder of the candidates:
Kingsley Abrams – Left Unity – Trade Unionists and Socialists
Andrew Beadle – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Donald Cole – All People’s Party
Neil Coyle – Labour Party
JP Floru – Conservative Party
Steve Freeman – The Republican Socialist Party
Lucy Hall – Independent
Simon Hughes – Liberal Democrats
William Lavin – Green Party