Southwark saw the re-election of three Labour MPs during last week’s momentus general election - all with increased majorities on high turnouts. So who are your Southwark MPs, and how can you contact them?
Southwark covers three constituencies - Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Camberwell and Peckham, and Dulwich and West Norwood. Let's take a look at the MPs for each of these areas...
Dulwich and West Norwood
Helen took 39,096 votes (almost 70%), nearly four times that of the Conservative candidate and an increase in her share of the vote of 15.6%. The turnout was nearly 73%.
Helen has lived in Brixton and Dulwich for nearly 20 years, and, before becoming an MP in 2015, was a councillor in College ward since 2010. Before becoming a politician her career was in town planning and urban design, and she is a partner in an architect's practice.
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Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Neil Coyle, retained his seat, despite a challenge from former MP and Lib-Dem grandee Simon Hughes. Neil secured 31,161 votes. He took 53.2% of the vote and, mirroring other surprise surges in the Labour vote, increased his majority by over 10%.
Neil was born in Luton in 1978 and lives in Newington ward, and has previously lived in Grange and Cathedrals wards. He has worked at the government equality commission, the National Centre for Independent Living, Disability Alliance, DRUK and most recently for Kate Green MP. He was Deputy Mayor of Southwark in 2014/15.
Neil Coyle has been a councillor in the Newington ward, and helped to established the Walworth Society and tenant's associations. He is a trustee for a local mental health charity and North Southwark Environment Trust.
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Camberwell and Peckham
Harriet Harman was re-elected with 44,665 votes. She grew her vote by 14.5% taking 77.8% share of the vote.
Harriet has worked at Liberty (then the National Council for Civil Liberties) as a Legal Officer. While there she campaigned for prisoner's rights, for a Human Rights Act, and against government secrecy. From the 1970s, Haried campaigned for increased women's representation in the Labour party, and she was elected as MP for Peckham in 1982.
Harriet has acheived a great deal in her time as MP, and you can read more about her here.
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