Election result: Harrow East

By Robyn Rosen, May 7, 2010

Labour has lost its 13 year hold on Harrow East to Conservative Bob Blackman, following the furore over Tony McNulty’s expenses.

Mr Blackman celebrated a seven per cent swing from Labour to Conservative with a 3,403 majority, after he received 21,435 votes. The constituency covers the densely Jewish populated areas of Edgware, Kenton and Stanmore and includes four big United Synagogue congregations: Stanmore, Belmont, Kenton and Edgware, as well as Edgware Federation and Edgware Reform Synagogue.

Mr McNulty, who resigned as London minister and employment minister last year, gained a 37.6 per cent share of votes (18,032), a decrease of 7.9 per cent on the previous election results.

Liberal Democrat Nahid Boethe received 14.3 p er cent of votes, followed by UKIP and Green candidates.

In March 2009, Mr McNulty admitted claiming expenses on a second home occupied by his parents, eight miles away from his home, and had to pay back almost £14,000.

Last updated: 11:30am, May 7 2010