Voters in the capital last night sacked all but one of London’s seven Liberal Democrat MPs, ending the careers of leading figures including Business Secretary Vince Cable, former deputy leader Simon Hughes and Lynne Featherstone.
Only Tom Brake, deputy leader of the of Commons, retained his Carshalton and Wallington seat as other constituencies fell in the face of competing onslaughts from the Conservatives and Labour.
Although it made gains, including Hughes’s Southwark & Old Bermondsey and Featherstone’s Hornsey & Wood Green, Labour failed to secure sufficient wins gains to help make up for the losses it incurred in Scotland and elsewhere.
Among its missed targets were Battersea, where Jane Ellison retained the seat with 52% of the vote, and Hendon where the party’s Andrew Dismore failed to win back the seat he was ousted from in 2010.
Mr Dismore, who currently serves on the London Assembly, was one of five City Hall figures standing for election to the Commons and the only one not to win his seat.
Mayor Boris Johnson comfortably won in Uxbridge and South Ruislip where he took 22,511 votes, almost double the 11,816 cast for Labour’s Chris Summers.
Mr Johnson has already announced that he’ll leave City Hall when his Mayoral term ends next May.
Victoria Borwick, a Conservative member of the Assembly and Mr Johnson’s deputy mayor, won her Kensington seat with 18,199 votes.
Her colleagues Kit Malthouse and James Cleverly will join her and Mr Johnson in the Commons after being elected to the North West Hampshire and Braintree constituencies respectively.
Labour’s campaign in London was spearheaded by Tooting MP Sadiq Khan who repeatedly said he hoped to become Justice Secretary in an Ed Miliband Government.
However Mr Khan is widely known to have been preparing a bid to become Labour’s 2016 candidate for Mayor of London and is now expected to publicly enter the contest.
The move would put him head to head with former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell, currently leading the polls as voters’ preferred choice, and fellow MPs David Lammy and Diane Abbott.