Watch new Lincoln MP Karen Lee’s maiden speech in Parliament

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Newly elected Lincoln MP Karen Lee has made her maiden speech in Parliament, claiming the people of the city have “truly elected one of their own.”

The Labour MP defeated Conservative candidate Karl McCartney in the general election on June 8 by 1,538 votes, a greater majority than McCartney achieved in 2010 and 2015.

In her maiden speech on July 6, she said: “At the beginning of the general election campaign it was unclear if I would be standing here today making this speech, but Lincoln and its citizens have a history of defying the odds.

“From the development of the first tank during World War One by a determined group of engineers, to the recent runaway success of Lincoln City Football Club, who took the fight for the FA Cup to the Emirates Stadium last season, Lincoln has a proud history of going the extra mile.

“One of the lesser known facts about Lincoln is that Henry VIII looted Lincoln’s cathedral of its treasures in 1538.

“Over the past seven years the Tory austerity programme has seen a similar looting of health and education services in Lincoln and an increase in social inequality.”

Also watch our interview with Karen Lee from last month: