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We’re still in this race, insists Tory as bookies’ odds on victory drift

Candidate Johnny Luk says country needs Boris Johnson's optimism

24 November, 2019 — By Richard Osley

Lord Bates joins Johnny Luk and the Conservative team out in West Hampstead

THE Conservative candidate fighting to win in Hampstead and Kilburn insists he is still in contention because residents want Brexit swiftly dealt with.

Bookmakers trying to guess the outcome of the constituency are now posting prices as large as 8-1 on Johnny Luk coming first on December 12.

And in contrast to the all-out assault on the seat in 2010, when high profile Tories were queuing up to help with the campaign, Mr Luk has had to compete with other constituencies for resources. Members have been involved in canvassing in Chipping Barnet and elsewhere as election day gets nearer.


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On “Super Saturday”, Mr Luk was greeting voters with a street stall in West End Lane, Hampstead, while former government minister Lord Bates came to help.

He told the New Journal everything was still in play.

“In these times when we need some optimism and energy, Boris Johnson is there,” he said. “I spoke to him for about 20 minutes two weeks ago and he’s really open and receptive.”

Asked what he was telling pro-EU Tories who wanted a second referendum, he said: “That topic doesn’t actually come up as often as I expected. Most people are kind of sick and tired of it.”

He said many were like him and had voted to remain but felt the democratic vote to leave had to be upheld.

Labour’s Glenda Jackson won the constituency in 2010 by 42 votes after bookmakers misread the market and quoted her as an 8-1 outsider to retain her place in parliament.

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