Random election facts

25 May

2014 05 24 17 27 24

  • Largest number of votes cast (ward): Little Ilford
  • Highest turnout (ward): East Ham North – 51.97%
  • Lowest turnout (ward): Beckton – 31.8%
  • Highest personal vote: Farah Nazeer (Labour, Little Ilford) – 2,997
  • Lowest vote (all):  Moriamo Sadiq (Christian Peoples Alliance, East Ham North) – 68
  • Lowest vote for an elected candidate: Anthony McAlmont (Labour, Royal Docks) – 1,201
  • Highest vote for a losing candidate:  Ilyas Sharif (Conservative, East Ham North) – 1,547
  • Beckton had the closest contest, with just 680 votes in it
  • The Conservatives finished in second place in 16 wards; UKIP were runners-up in 3 wards – Canning Town North, Canning Town South and Custom House – while the Green party finished behind Labour in Forest Gate North

In 2010 Labour not only won all 60 seats but had the top 60 candidates ranked by personal vote: no losing candidate in one ward got more votes than a winning candidate in another. That’s not the case this time. The 60 most popular candidates includes 3 Tories – Ilyas Sharif (East Ham North), Ashfaq Ahmed (Green St East) and Durai Kannan (East Ham North). In fact 7 unsuccessful Conservatives polled more votes than Anthony McAlmont, Labour’s lowest ranking candidate.

Ultimately this is meaningless, as the election is fought across 20 wards with varying electorates and turnouts. But it does point to the underlying absurdity of our current electoral system.

5 Responses to “Random election facts”

  1. d May 31, 2014 at 08:09 #

    Where do you get these figures

    • Martin Warne May 31, 2014 at 08:11 #

      I put the results published on the council website into Excel and did some sorting.

  2. d May 31, 2014 at 18:02 #


  3. d May 31, 2014 at 18:30 #

    I just been on the site but couldn’t find postal or proxy votes per ward. Any ideas?.

    • Martin Warne May 31, 2014 at 18:42 #

      I don’t know if these are published; I haven’t seen them. You could ask the returning officer (Kim Bromley-Derry).

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