Labour's grip on London strengthened with Putney win

Labour's grip on London was further strengthened tonight when the party won Putney from the Conservatives.

The south west London seat was previously held by former Cabinet minister Justine Greening who had a majority of 1,554.

Labour's candidate, Wandsworth councillor Fleur Anderson defeated her Tory rival Will Sweet by 4,774 votes.

Miss Greening, one of 22 Conservative rebels who voted against Brexit, decided not to contest the seat.

The ITV/BBC/Sky exit poll pointed to a number of possible Labour gains in London, including the Cities of London & Westminster and Wimbledon.

Labour sources suggested Sarah Jones would hold Croydon Central for Labour with an increased majority despite fears of a Conservative gain earlier in the campaign.