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12:00 AM, December 14, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:17 AM, December 14, 2019

Tulip, Rupa, Rushanara re-elected

Another Bangladesh origin woman Apsana also elected

Three Bangladesh-origin female politicians known as Tin Kanya (three daughters) achieved victory in Thursday’s UK general elections.

The three -- Tulip Rizwana Siddiq, Rushanara Ali and Dr Rupa Huq -- retained their seats with a resounding victory on Labour Party ticket.

Rushanara Ali was elected for the four consecutive terms while Tulip and Rupa were elected for three times in a row.

Tulip, daughter of Sheikh Rehana, retained her Hampstead and Kilburn seat with a margin of 14,188 votes. She bagged 28,080 votes against her Conservative rival Johnny Luk’s 13,892 votes.

“Thank you Hampstead and Kilburn for electing me once again. Thanks to all my volunteers and my family. But devastated by our national results. Sorry to lose such talented MPs. Tough times ahead, we have to work together,” she said in a tweet message.

Rushanara was reelected from Bethnal Green and Bow constituency bagging a majority of 44,052 votes against her Conservative rival Nicholas Stovold’s 6,528 votes.

“Representing the place I grew up in is the proudest achievement of my life. I’m humbled by the support of all those who voted for me,” Rushanara said in her victory speech.

Rupa retained the Ealing Central and Acton seat for Labour. She bagged 28,132 votes against her Conservative rival Julian Gallant’s 14,832 votes.

“I thank the voters of Ealing, Acton and Chiswick for placing their trust in me for the third time in four years. Gutted for good colleagues who will not be returning to Parliament and indeed for the nation which will be poorer for five more years of rightwing Tory rule and Brexit,” she tweeted.

Apsana Begum, who contested for the first time in the UK general election, won in Poplar and Limehouse as a Labour Party candidate after securing 38,660 votes. The Conservatives’ Sheun Oke got 9,756 votes in the seat.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the constituents of Poplar and Limehouse for the faith that they have placed in me and my party,” Apsana said after her victory.

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