Stephen has been re-elected as the MP for East Ham. He beat off competition from Conservative candidate Samir Jassal, Liberal Democrat David Thorpe and the Green Party’s Tamsin Omond, as well as TUSC’s Lois Austin, Ukip’s Daniel Oxley and Mohammed Farid Aslam, of the Communities United Party.
Speaking at the count, which took place at the velodrome on the Olympic Park, Stephen said:
"I would like to thank the people of East Ham who have entrusted me again – for the sixth time, after 21 years – with the privilege of being their representative in Parliament; and for the enthusiasm and exuberance I’ve enjoyed at polling stations today and throughout the campaign, reflected in this huge majority in which I and the Labour Party take a great deal of pride.
"It appears from what we are hearing from elsewhere as if David Cameron will be looking to form a Government again. But he won’t find it easy. I have been given the clearest mandate possible to oppose his ambition, and to strive for a very different kind of Government – for one that will govern in the interests of the many rather than of the few. That is the aim that I shall be taking with me when, buoyed by this result, I return to Westminster next week."