London mayor Boris Johnson celebrated a vote for "economic common sense" before the nation's media at Brunel this morning, as he took the Parliamentary seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
After retaining the Conservative party seat with 22,511 votes - around 11,000 more than Labour's Chris Summers in second place - Mr Johnson told a packed audience of journalists, candidates and party faithful at Brunel University London's Indoor Athletics Centre (IAC) he was "very, very proud".
The count, which took place at Brunel alongside the counts for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, and
Hayes and Harlington, was one of the most hotly anticipated of the night, with 13 candidates competing for the seat.
MrJohnson, who was MP for Henley between 2001 and 2008, said: "I believe we have a lot to do, but the people in this country have voted for a programme of economic common sense to take Britain forward.
"It's been a long day. We should all go back to our kitchens and prepare for breakfast, and I don't mind how many kitchens you have."
Earlier, Mr Johnson met Brunel students outside the IAC having made a brief visit to thank count staff. The scenes were described as 'Borismania' by one newspaper.
Conservative Candidate Nick Hurd took the seat of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner with 30,521 votes, while Labour candidate John McDonnell won the seat of Hayes and Harlington with 26,843 votes. The Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat was the last to be declared just after 4am.
To see the Uxbridge and South Ruislip declaration, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bUnmPD_YsY