Barnet has been a major target for the Labour Party for more than a decade. Having held Hendon & Finchley and Golders Green between 1997 and 2010, the party had focused significant attention on the seats at each subsequent election, without success.

The securing of the Council in 2022 and the decision by 2 of the 3 incumbent Tory MPs to stand down opened the door for Labour to take control of Barnet in full for the first time in their history.

Chipping Barnet will be a particularly sweet victory for Labour, with prominent NIMBY campaigner Teresa Villiers losing her seat to a pro-housing Labour candidate, Dan Tomlinson.

This is a seat Labour have never held and reflects their growing strength in the outer reaches of the Capital. It also demonstrates the limited impact an explicitly anti-development campaign, which has been the linchpin of Villiers’ brand for the last 4 years, has had on the changing electorate in the Borough.

Finchley was more finely balanced, with real concerns that Labour’, Sarah Sackman, would miss out. Polls leading up to the election had the seat too close to call with predictions highly inconsistent.

Home to a large Jewish community, the reticence of many within that community to support a party just a few years removed from Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is understandable. Sackman will now have 5 years to rebuild that relationship.

Hendon saw long standing activist David Pinto-Duschinsky win the seat by an extremely close 15-vote margin, completing a clean sweep for Labour. This ensures that for the first time in Barnet’s history the local Council, the Members of Parliament, the London Assembly Member, Mayor of London and UK government are all Labour- controlled.

Barnet Labour have the chance to work with a Labour government and deliver an ambitious plan for the future of Barnet. Regeneration is a key part of this plan and the Borough could find itself a focal point for the industry moving forward.

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