Labor holds onto Birmingham Erdington while Paulette Hamilton becomes the city’s first black MP

The former nurse and mother of five emerged victorious despite last-minute fears that low turnout in the Red Wall seat could favor the Tories

Labor leader Keir Starmer with candidate Paulette Hamilton

Labor won the Birmingham Erdington by-election, making Paulette Hamilton the city’s first black MP.

The former nurse and mother of five was elected with 9,413 votes (55%) while Tory Robert Alden received 6,147 votes.

Ms Hamilton, a councilwoman, won by a majority of 3,266 (36%) but the by-election failed to wow voters with a turnout of just 27%.

The West Midlands seat by-election was triggered after the death of popular Labor frontbencher Jack Dromey in January.

In her victory speech, Ms Hamilton paid tribute to her late predecessor, saying: “I am absolutely thrilled – exhausted but delighted.”

She added that while she was the first black MP for Birmingham, she would not be the last.

She said: “Well I won’t be the last, because you know something, if people see I’ve done it, others will be able to step up to the plate – they will be others, the ones behind me come.”

Ms Hamilton said her team had fought its way through four named storms in recent weeks and also spoke of her father, who died just weeks before her election.

Labour’s Paulette Hamilton



She continued, “But I also want to say a special thank you to Kier Starmer for his endless support – even when my dad died they were there, they wrapped me in cotton and they supported me and my dad isn’t even buried yet but they are.” were there when I cried”.

The newly elected MP added that one of the issues she would look at was liberated housing – a type of multi-occupancy housing (HMO).

She added: “I am truly humbled and honored to have been elected as a Member of Parliament.

“I have made you promises that I intend to keep and I can’t wait to get started and I will be your voice in Westminster challenging this government to get a better deal for Erdington.

“It’s what we deserve, it’s what you deserve and the work to get it done starts now.”

Thanking her family and campaign team, she also commended police and city officials for making the counting operation “run smoothly,” adding, “I know it’s a lot of work that often goes unmentioned, so thank you for yours.” endless professionalism and your commitment to the democratic process.

“Something I think we’ll all appreciate even more after what’s happened in Europe.”

Labor officials had shared last-minute fears that a low turnout for the Red Wall seat could favor the Tories – but the party increased its overall vote share by just over 5%.

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have plummeted in the polls after the Partygate scandal.

Mr Alden said Labor’s failure to secure a larger majority was a “damning indictment” on Mr Starmer’s leadership and showed Labor was “not ready for government”.



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A Labor Party spokesman said: “Increasing our share of the vote is a tremendous achievement and shows that Labor, led by Keir Starmer, is increasing voter confidence in our traditional ‘Red Wall’ seats in the after the disastrous results of the 2019 general election campaign Midlands wins back election.

“Even in a traditionally low turnout seat with a prominent Tory candidate, we have seen a swing to Labour, with voters supporting Keir Starmer’s treaty for the British people based on security, prosperity and respect for all.”

TUSC’s Dave Nellist finished third in the by-election with 360 votes, followed by Reform’s Jack Brookes with 293, Green Party’s Siobhan Harper-Nunes (236) and Lib Dem Lee Dargue with 173.

Ms Hamilton’s campaign had been hit after GB News uncovered controversial comments she made in 2015 about absentee voting and “a riot”.

She was recorded saying: “Postal voting is how some of our minority ethnic communities actually lock it down. Because what they do is that entire families only have postal voting.

“Whoever comes in says hold these, tick, postal voting is going down and in one household we can have eight votes and it’s locked.”

She also said: “You’re talking about the bullet or the vote, I’m not sure, although I believe in the vote and I believe in our right to use that voice or destroy that voice, I’m not sure if we’re going to get what we really deserve in this country with the vote.

“But I don’t know if we’re a strong enough group to get what we want if we have an uprising. I think that we would get so crushed that we would lose a generation of our young people. So I’m very torn.”

However, Labor backed their candidate, saying: “Paulette Hamilton advocates for better representation of the black community in public life and as she campaigns to become Birmingham’s first black MP she is right.”

However, the comments will likely be subject to further scrutiny in the coming days.

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