LISA Nandy vowed to keep fighting for the people of Wigan as she secured a second term of office.
Colleagues Andy Burnham and Yvonne Fovargue also retained their seats with the Makerfield results arriving just as the Evening Post went to press.
The declarations came just before 4am with Ms Nandy hailing the resilience of Wiganers in the face of the coalition government’s austerity measures.
She said: “At the forefront of all of our minds has been the children turning up to school hungry, the disabled people hit by the bedroom tax and the former Remploy workers put out of work who still can’t find a job and the young people who are losing hope by the day.
“Everything that this government has thrown at them and the people of Wigan I have been amazed and inspired by the resilience this town has shown.
“They deserve a government so much better than this, I want to thank the people of Wigan with all my heart for returning me to fight on their behalf and I hope they get the government they deserve tonight.”
Everything that this government has thrown at them and the people of Wigan I have been amazed and inspired by the resilience this town has shownLisa Nandy
Conservative candidate Caroline Kerswell secured second place in Wigan with 9,389 votes with Ukip’s Mark Bradley third with 8,818.
Independents Brian Parr and Gareth Fairhurst faced losing their electoral deposits with 165 and 768 respectively.
The turnout in Wigan came in at 59.7, a marginal rise of one per cent from the 2010 election, as early predictions of a bumper increased turnout failed to materialise.
Peaks were seen in Standish (67) and Shevington (67) compared to poor showings in Douglas.
In Makerfield, where the turnout rose to 60.4 from 59.3, Yvonne Fovargue received 23,208 votes with Ukip’s Andrew Collinson in second with 10,053 and the Conservatives Zehra Zaidi pushed into third with 8,752.
New mum Ms Nandy, who served as shadow charities minister during the last government, was present throughout the count, leaving baby Otis, who was born last month, at home.
Prior to the declaration, as news of Conservative dominance in national exit polls emerged, she had remained upbeat about her party’s chances.
She said: “I think it’s far too early to tell nationally on what the next government will look like. I think it shows how important this general election is, it’s the most important in a generation and because the exit polls are so unpredictable, it shows that.”
But as the night wore on, Ms Nandy, along with colleagues, were facing up to the possibility of another five years in opposition.
Speaking to the Evening Post at the election count, former Makerfield MP Sir Ian McCartney lamented the demise of Labour in Scotland.
He said: “ It’s extremely disappointing, especially in seats which have been Labour since 1906 and have got good MPs.
“Since last year’s referendum, this campaign has been about a second one and now the SNP has to come up with the goods and I doubt a lot of the MPs will be up to substantive quality but good luck to anyone who gets elected to Parliament.”
Ms Fovargue, however, spoke of her sorrow as it appeared that the possibility of a Labour government grew weaker throughout the night.
She said: “I hoped that the electorate in the rest of the country would be able to deliver the government that Makerfield so clearly needs over the next five years to stop the rise of food banks, to stop the pay day lending and to stop that all the other issues that have hit the vulnerable in this area.
“However, I will say to people that I will carry on respresenting them in parliament and continue to be a strong voice for Makerfield focusing on the issues that concern them and raising my constituent’s issues that they come to my office about.”
Lisa Nandy (Lab) 23,625
Caroline Kerswell (C) 9,389
Mark Bradley (UKIP) 8,818
Will Patterson (Green) 1,273
Mark Clayton (LD) 1,255
Gareth Fairhurst (Wigan) 768
Brian Parr (Ind) 165
Lab maj 14,236 (31.43%)
3.84% swing C to Lab
Electorate 76,068; Turnout 45,293 (59.54%, +1.13%)
Yvonne Fovargue (Lab) 23,208
Andrew Collinson (UKIP) 10,053
Zehra Zaidi (C) 8,752
John Skipworth (LD) 1,639
Philip Mitchell (Green) 1,136
Lab maj 13,155 (29.37%)
Electorate 74,370; Turnout 44,788 (60.22%, +0.78%)
2010: Lab maj 12,490 (28.53%) - Turnout 43,771 (59.44%)
Andy Burnham (Lab) 24,312
Louisa Townson (C) 10,216
Les Leggett (UKIP) 8,903
Bill Winlow (LD) 1,150
Stephen Hall (TUSC) 542
Lab maj 14,096 (31.24%)
2.07% swing C to Lab
Electorate 75,974; Turnout 45,123 (59.39%, +1.33%)