Forest Gate North results

15 Jul

SeyiAkiwowo 2016 Jul 15

Newly-elected Anamul Islam joins his fellow councillors

The results of yesterday’s by-election in Forest Gate North have been announced:

Candidate Party Votes Percent
Anamul Islam Labour Party 1150 52.5
Elisabeth Whitebread Green Party 681 31.1
John Oxley Conservatives 301 13.8
James Rumsby Liberal Democrats 57 2.6

 Turnout: 21.3%

So congratulations to Anam and commiserations to the other candidates.

To no-one’s great surprise, Labour held the seat comfortably with more than 50% of the vote. But their vote was down about 5% on the 2014 election. Interestingly, another by-election in Islington last night saw a similar decline. Perhaps even at the local level the negative consequences of the current party infighting are being felt.

Although they didn’t win, the Greens will be celebrating too. Second place and 31% of the vote is a terrific performance. They put a lot of energy into the campaign and benefited from having an excellent candidate. 

The Tories fractionally increased their vote, but remain (ha!) a very long way from being contenders in this part of the borough.

The Liberal Democrat candidate withdrew from the contest not long after nominations closed, so it was a surprise to see his name on the ballot paper yesterday. There was no advice at the polling station to let voters know either. In the end it didn’t matter much, but had his vote been greater than the gap between first and second it might have created an interesting challenge for the returning officer.

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2 Responses to “Forest Gate North results”

  1. KEVIN MANSELL July 18, 2016 at 10:19 #

    If we had PR in local government. there would be 19 Green councillors, 8 Tories and 1 Lib Dem. Much healthier for the community!!

    • Down to Earth July 29, 2016 at 17:19 #

      That is a very poor estimate.
      In a 3 Councillor ward, each candidate gets elected with 25% of the votes +1. 25% of the voters – 3 elect nobody.
      Therefore, on recent results in Newham, 40 seats would be Labour’s and the rest contested, with Labour winning the third in some wards.
      This system is already in use for Councillors in Scotland and for TDs in the Dail Eireann (The Irish Republic’s Parliament).
      The difference is, no candidate can sew up the election by sewing up their Party’s nomination. Goodbye machine hello network and hard work.

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