Iain Duncan Smith has been re-elected following a tightly fought contest with Faiza Shaheen.

The Tory MP, who has held the seat since 1992, secured 23,481 votes to Ms Shaheen’s 22,419.

Faziza Shaheen’s haul was an improvement for Labour on 2017, when Bilal Mahmood won 20,638 votes, but it was not enough to topple the former Conservative Party leader.

Liberal Democrat candidate Geoff Seeff won 2,744 votes.

Voter turnout for the constituency was the highest since it was formed in 1997, with 48,662 votes - a turnout of 74.1 per cent.

The constituency was seen as a key battle in the 2019 election, with the Green Party standing down their candidate to increase Labour’s chance of beating Mr Duncan Smith.

However, the result reflected a poor showing nationally for Labour.

In his acceptance speech, Iain Duncan Smith said: “Most of all I thank, after 27 years, my constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green, I think they are fantastic.

“I dedicate the next five years to serving them in my best capacity that I possibly can, no matter what they voted and what their views are. I am therefore incredibly grateful for them, that they have returned me once more to represent this constituency.

“I am also incredible pleased that it looks like that I shall do so, starting from Monday, in a conservative majority government.”