My new MP for Leyton & Wanstead, John Cryer â€“ mother and father were MPs. Maybe his kids will be too. The De Cryer Baronetcy in another era.
So how will John Cryer be spending his first weekend as MP for Leyton and Wanstead? Going to estate agents, possibly.
Speaking after his victory yesterday, he said that he planned now to move to the constituency after his “temporary” break from living in east London – he has been living near East Grinsted in East Sussex. He told the Wanstead Guardian, though, that he had not decided when he would do so.
Suggestions for houses for sale in Wanstead suitable for a member of Parliament are welcome. Wansteadium is happy to collate suggestions and forward them to Mr Cryer. (NB. Woodcote Road suggestions will probably not go down too well.)
Speaking about the result, he said:
In terms of the national picture, I think if you told many Labour party members what [the] result was going to be I think we would be very pleased. We have come back from being deeply unpopular.â€
Meanwhile, second-placed Lib Dem candidate Farooq Qureshi, who was frequently criticised for having a low profile in Wanstead, conceded the point, saying:
“It was a very high turnout, because of that we failed to narrow the gap. I think it’s also because we haven’t done any work in Wanstead and Snaresbrook. Over the years we haven’t managed to get any presence in Snaresbrook.”
And Ed Northover, Conservative, who came third despite ambitious campaigning, said:
â€œThough I strongly disagree with John Cryer I think he is a very decent man.â€
Other reactions from around the web:
General election result in full:
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Atmospheric photo of the Leyton and Wanstead hustings held on Sunday, courtesy of ace snapper Clive Power.
More leaflets from Labour’s John Cryer, this time announcing the backing of Wanstead economist Pameet Singh. Still no sign of Lib Dem leaflets. (Click to enlarge.)
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Reactions via Twitter and Facebook to the hustings between Leyton and Wanstead candidates held at Wanstead House on Saturday 24 April.
3.59pm Yenwodt: At Wanstead hustings meeting, where are the Lib Dems? Could be worse no BNP either. (on Twitter)
4.02 Yenwodt: Tory & Labour shock horror at Wanstead hustings ! Both wearing the same outfit! [see picture, above]
Dave Buba: The local Tory boy candidate for Wanstead. Jumped up and down alot puffed out a lot of hot air but Ed Northover cannot be allowed in to E11. (on Facebook)
5.23 rhodri: At an election hustings in Wanstead. Sadly no BNP candidate to chuck decaying matter at. (on Twitter)
5.27 Dave Buba: And the lib dem candidate couldn’t even be bothered to turn up!!!
5.40 Dave Buba: is loving John Cryer… John Cryer his northern his gritty and he has done some good things. Voted against the war, led a campaign to save huge areas of Essex marshland and I man we could do business with!
6.04 Dave Buba: John Cryer summing up with a quote from Tony Benn. Suck on those apples Tory boy Ed Northover.
6.10 markb999: So, why did only half the candidates turn up for Wanstead Hustings? (on Twitter)