Boleyn result

4 Dec

Boleyn result

Image via @BritainElects

Congratulations to Veronica Oakeshott, the successful Labour candidate, and commiserations to the rest.

A big Labour win was never in doubt, but it is still surprising to see the party increasing its share of the vote, albeit on a very low turnout – just 21% of electors made it to the polls.

But the bigger surprise is the collapse of the Tory vote – down more than 12 percentage points – and the Liberals coming (a very distant) second. Bear in mind that in the 2014 general election the LibDems lost their deposits in both Newham seats and couldn’t even find a paper candidate to put up in the Stratford by-election.

The Greens also did a little better than their 2014 result would have suggested – they polled around 3% in East Ham. I think they’ll be reasonably pleased.

But for UKIP, this is a truly dismal result – though one that will hearten the rest of us. The hard right has never amounted to much in Newham and this continues that happy record.

2 Responses to “Boleyn result”

  1. anna potrykus December 8, 2015 at 08:11 #

    please don’t be too complacent about nazis…and proto nazis like ukip..the east end has a history..hopefully corbyn’s on a roll..but so is islamaphobia and racism…how did the black or asian labour candidate do?

    • Martin Warne December 8, 2015 at 08:16 #

      The other two Labour councillors for Boleyn ward are Harvinder Singh Virdee and Obaid Khan.

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