Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, June 20, 2016

Quick quiz

Can you explain the meaning of the headline before reading the summary?

Labour holds Tooting in by-election
Labour has held the south London constituency of Tooting in a by-election following the departure of new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Junior doctor Rosena Allin-Khan received 17,894 votes, winning with a majority of 6,357…

"Thousands of people voted today and we are all here in recognition of our democratic values."…

The former Tooting MP and new London Mayor Sadiq Khan held this seat in 2015 with a majority of 2,842.

The constituency's new Labour MP, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, is Tooting born and raised and works as an A&E doctor at the local St George's Hospital.

But she and her party will be delighted with the result, increasing Labour's majority to 6,357…

Full result:
  1. Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan (Labour Party) - 17,894 (55.9% +8.7%)
  2. Dan Watkins (Conservative Party) - 11,537 (36.1% -5.8%)
  3. Esther Dede Obiri-Darko (Green Party) - 830 (2.6% -1.5%)
  4. Alexander James Glassbrook (Liberal Democrats) - 820 (2.6% -1.4%)
  5. Elizabeth Eirwen Jones (UK Independence Party) - 507 (1.6% -1.3%)
  6. Des Coke (Christian People's Party) - 164
  7. Howling Laud Hope (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party) - 54
  8. Graham Harry Moore (English Democrats Love England - Leave EU!) - 50
  9. Dr Akbar Ali Malik (Immigrants Political Party) - 44
  10. Ankit Love (One Love Party) - 32
  11. Zirwa Javaid (Independent) - 30
  12. Dr Zia Samadani (Independent) - 23
  13. Bobby Smith (Give Me Back Elmo) - 9
  14. Smiley Smillie (Independent) - 5

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