By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010
Glenda Jackson, who sensationally won the new Hampstead and Kilburn seat by just 42 votes, has defended her victory after opponents criticised her campaign.
The Oscar-winning actress, who held the former Hampstead and Highgate seat, received 17,332 votes, narrowly beating Tory candidate Chris Philp.
The new constituency takes in Hampstead, South Hampstead and Brondesbury Park synagogues.
Ms Jackson, 74, had been criticised by both Mr Philp and Lib Dem candidate Ed Fordham, who said that her presence during the campaign was not widespread enough.