Outgoing Morley MP Ed Balls has vowed Labour will be back in the town after narrowly losing his seat on one of the election’s biggest upsets.
Conservative Andrea Jenkyns managed to win the seat from the former shadow chancellor by just 422 votes.
The result was finally announced at 8.15am the morning after the election following a tense recount.
Mr Balls said: “It was a very bad night for Labout right across the UK - in England, Wales and in particular in Scotland.
“It was really disappointing and I was really sorry to lose my seat.
“I have worked very hard for ten years to represent the views and concerns of constituents and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and has sent kind messages since the result.
“But in politics it is the voters who decide and I know Andrea will work hard for people in the area.”
Mr Balls, whose wife Yvette Cooper is standing to be the next leader of the Labour party, said the Labour party would still be active in the area.
He said: “Sometimes people think politics is a tough business and a nasty business but the reality is that over the last three years since Andrea was selected we have spoken to each other a number of times.
“We were always respectful and courteous to each other and in the end she just narrowly beat me - so respect to her.”
Ms Jenkyns vowed to be a “community champion”