Three newly elected MPs are getting ready to join those who were re-elected after Thursday’s general election.
Yesterday The Voice highlighted the fact that it had been a successful night for sitting African Caribbean heritage MPs, many of whom were re-elected with comfortable majorities.
But there has also been excitement surrounding three first time MPs who are set to join the re-elected MPs in the House of Commons.
Kim Johnson became Liverpool’s first black MP after Thursday’s poll.
Johnson, 59, will now represent the Liverpool Riverside constituency after receiving a 71 per cent share of the vote with 41,170.
She easily beat second placed Conservative candidate Sean Malkeson who received 4,127 votes and Tom Crone of the Greens who received 3,017 votes.
She said she was now looking forward to taking a “socialist voice” to Westminster.
Johnson told the BBC: “Westminster wasn’t designed for people like me, a working-class black woman from Liverpool. It was designed to intimidate, to exclude and keep us out, but the 1 per cent aren’t going to do that and you won’t know what’s hit you when we get there.”
An active member of the Riverside constituency Labour Party she was selected to contest the seat after the sitting MP Louise Ellman quit the party and decided to leave politics altogether.
Another newly elected MP who will be taking her place in Westminster is Abena Oppong-Asare, who is the new MP for Erith & Thamesmead.
She received 19,882 votes which gave her a 3,758 majority over second placedConservative candidate, Joe Robertson.
Thanking her supporters on Twitter she wrote: “Thank you very much to everyone who voted for me to become the @E_TLabour MP. Also thank you to everyone that rallied behind me – working their socks off to make this possible. There are soo many unsung heroes who helped me fight to keep this seat red!”
Oppong-Asare also posted a picture of herself with fellow newly elected MP Florence Eshalomi during a visit after the election to the House of Commons.
Eshalomi was elected as the new Labour MP for Vauxhall on December 12.
The former Lambeth councillor has represented Lambeth & Southwark on the London Assembly since 2016.
Writing on Twitter she said: Thank you Vauxhall residents for this honour to represent you&for putting your faith in me. It was time for change. I’m truly gutted for candidates that were not re-elected. The people of Vauxhall need a Labour Government & I will continue fight for a fairer society for us all.”