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Rand hails "historic" night after becoming Altrincham and Sale West's first ever Labour MP

He pledged to work "tirelessly" for residents.

Altrincham's new Labour Member of Parliament has hailed a "historic" night as he committed to working "tirelessly" for local residents.

Connor Rand, who was only selected to fight the seat on May 30th, ended a century of Conservative dominance by winning 20,798 votes, a 40.4% share of the vote.

He comfortably beat the Conservative candidate Oliver Carroll, with 16,624 votes and a 32.3% share, into second place.

Paul Swansborough (Reform UK) came third on 4,961 votes, with Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrats) fourth on 4,727 votes, Geraldine Coggins (Green Party) fifth on 3,699 and Faisal Kabir (Workers Party of Britain) sixth on 643.

The turnover was 69.8%, down from 74.9% at the last general election in 2019.

Speaking immediately after the result was declared at 4.18 this morning, Rand said it was an "honour and privilege" it was to be elected as the first ever Labour MP in the seat.

"Thank you to voters here for putting their trust in our changed Labour Party," he said.

"Thank you to those people who had always previously voted Conservative who have voted Labour this time, to turn the page on the chaos, division and decline we have seen."

Connor Rand (centre) alongside agent Tom Ross (left) and re-elected MP for Stretford and Urmston, Andrew Western

After thanking his predecessor Sir Graham Brady for his "27 years of service", Rand said the result was the "final damning verdict" on the Tories' record.

He added: "Tonight is a historic night. It's a great night for the Labour party and more importantly, it's a great night for our country. It's the final damning verdict on 14 years of wasteful, divisive and self-indulgent Conservative government.

"The country has elected our changed Labour Party to bring people together, to rescue our our National Health Service and to deliver economic stability and competent government and that is exactly what we will do.

Connor Rand's victory speech

"People here in Altrincham and Sale West have joined the rest of the country in voting for change. They understand the huge scale of the challenges we face, they know there is no quick fix, but they also know we will do whatever it takes to change our country and to give Britain its future back."

Rand said he would prioritise crime, sewage and education as MP.

"We will put neighbourhood police officers on our streets here, we will clean up our local waterways and work to give every child in Altrincham and Sale West the best possible start in life," he added.

"And so to the people of Altrincham and Sale West: thank you. I promise I will work tirelessly to be your voice in Westminster. I will always listen to you and I will always fight for you. Thank you very much."

Writing on X later, Conservative candidate Oliver Carroll congratulated the victor.

He said: "Congratulations @ConnorRand4ASW on his election as the next Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale West. I wish him well as he plays his part in the next chapter of my wonderful home town’s story.

"It has been nothing short of an honour to stand for election here. Thank you to the over 16,000 people who put their faith in me - I am sorry I did not do enough to deliver on that faith this time. As ever, onwards."