Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy says voters have called for the country to move in a “different direction” after she was re-elected with a huge majority on a good night for Labour.

Ms Creasy swept the constituency, boosting her majority by more than 8,000 to 32,017 as Labour shocked pollsters to gain close to 30 seats nationally.

The landslide victory means the 40-year-old now has one of the largest majorities of any MP across the UK.

Speaking after results had been announced, Ms Creasy said: “I think it’s safe to say that many of us who have been involved in politics for some years, everyone single year of our country’s life gets different and who knows quite what tomorrow will leave for all of us

“But certainly the result here in Walthamstow and across the country show that Britain is actually speaking up for something different

“They are saying they want a different direction for this country, they want a different direction for our community

“They are looking to all of us to be a part of changing that. There are many difficult decisions ahead for this country, many difficult time ahead possibly for Walthamstow.

“I am extremely grateful and humble to be re-elected to represent our community and make part of that fight for social justice.”

Conservative candidate Molly Samuels received 6,776 votes in the constituency, Ukonu Obasi, of the Liberal Democrats received 1,384. The Green Party’s Andrew Johns received 1,119 votes.

Ms Creasy added: “It is incredibly overwhelming for Walthamstow to have spoken out in that way, I genuinely feel emotional about it.

“I’ve said this before but Walthamstow must always have its say.”

“I would like to thank everyone that voted for me and everyone who voted for each candidate as we have upheld the democratic process.

“I am proud of my constituents and proud to represent them in Parliament.”