South Shields MP’s shock after Labour leader Ed Miliband quits

HAPPIER TIMES ... then-Labour leader Ed Miliband welcomes Emma Lewell-Buck to the House of Commons.
HAPPIER TIMES ... then-Labour leader Ed Miliband welcomes Emma Lewell-Buck to the House of Commons.

SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell Buck said she was in shock after Labour leader Ed Miliband resigned following the party’s election day defeat.

While Mrs Lewell-Buck retained her seat with an increased share of the vote for Labour, it was a night to forget for her party nationally as they trailed home a distant second in the polls.

The Conservative Party secured an overall majority after earning 331 seats in Parliament.

The Labour Party won 232 seats, ending its hopes of ousting the Tories by forming a coalition government with another party.

Mr Miliband, who saw off competition from his brother, former South Shields MP David, to secure leadership of the party in 2010, stood down yesterday.

Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “I’m really shocked.

“I still believe we have the right policies to address the inequality in our country.

“Ed Miliband has been vilified by the press, but if a party loses a lot of seats, the leader is left with a decision to make.

“I completely believed in him.

“I felt we have the right policies, and I am concerned about vulnerable people, the future of the NHS and the bedroom tax and the welfare state under the Conservative party.”

Mrs Lewell-Buck admits she didn’t see the election result coming, but has vowed to continue to fight for South Shields as part of the opposition.

She added: “I am deeply, deeply honoured and proud to represent South Shields and i will continue to fight for what’s best for the town.

“I am concerned about how the country will go now that the Conservative’s aren’t in a colation, which could temper their policies, and now they can go full throttle.”

He wasn’t the only political casualty of the election day fall-out, with two more party leaders also leaving their posts.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who was Deputy Prime Minister during the coalition Government between his party and the Conservatives, stepped aside after his party ended the election with a mere eight seats, down from 57 in 2010.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage followed him out of the political scene after his failure to land a Westminster seat left the party with just one MP in the House of Commons.