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London Elects 2016 – Forest Gate results

16 May

The London Elects website has released the results of the recent Mayoral and London Assembly elections (.xlsx) broken down to borough and ward level.

Below are the results for the two Forest Gate wards*. I posted the votes cast in Newham as a whole separately.

Mayor of London

Forest Gate North

Candidate Party 1st Prefs 2nd Prefs
Sian Rebecca Berry Green Party 272 719
David Furness British National Party 16 12
George Galloway Respect (George Galloway) 79 332
Paul Golding Britain First 35 64
Zac Goldsmith Conservative Party 507 247
Lee Harris Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol 36 111
Sadiq Aman Khan Labour Party 2238 642
Ankit Love One Love Party 5 41
Caroline Valerie Pidgeon London Liberal Democrats 95 246
Sophie Walker Women’s Equality Party 65 277
Peter Robin Whittle UK Independence Party (UKIP) 79 143
Prince Zylinski Independent 15 27

Forest Gate South

Candidate Party 1st Prefs 2nd Prefs
Sian Rebecca Berry Green Party 209 531
David Furness British National Party 20 35
George Galloway Respect (George Galloway) 86 449
Paul Golding Britain First 33 50
Zac Goldsmith Conservative Party 497 287
Lee Harris Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol 36 87
Sadiq Aman Khan Labour Party 2359 666
Ankit Love One Love Party 13 39
Caroline Valerie Pidgeon London Liberal Democrats 85 240
Sophie Walker Women’s Equality Party 69 248
Peter Robin Whittle UK Independence Party (UKIP) 50 127
Prince Zylinski Independent 23 27

 

London-wide member

Forest Gate North

Party Votes
Animal Welfare Party 34
Britain First – Putting British people first 36
British National Party 25
Caroline Pidgeon’s London Liberal Democrats 129
Christian Peoples Alliance 55
Conservative Party 312
Green Party – “vote Green on orange” 369
Labour Party 2138
Respect (George Galloway) 91
The House Party – Homes for Londoners 19
UK Independence Party (UKIP) 144
Women’s Equality Party 133

Forest Gate South

Party Votes
Animal Welfare Party 27
Britain First – Putting British people first 32
British National Party 16
Caroline Pidgeon’s London Liberal Democrats 106
Christian Peoples Alliance 59
Conservative Party 419
Green Party – “vote Green on orange” 304
Labour Party 2214
Respect (George Galloway) 122
The House Party – Homes for Londoners 16
UK Independence Party (UKIP) 75
Women’s Equality Party 117

 

City & East constituency member

Forest Gate North

Candidate Party Votes
Elaine Sheila Bagshaw London Liberal Democrats 149
Christopher James Chapman Conservative Party 351
Rachel Collinson Green Party 497
Unmesh Desai Labour Party 2156
Aaron Anthony Jose Hasan D’Souza All People’s Party 18
Amina May Kay Gichinga Take Back the City 38
Peter James Harris UK Independence Party (UKIP) 177
Rayne Mickail Respect (George Galloway) 90

Forest Gate South

Candidate Party Votes
Elaine Sheila Bagshaw London Liberal Democrats 144
Christopher James Chapman Conservative Party 423
Rachel Collinson Green Party 373
Unmesh Desai Labour Party 2264
Aaron Anthony Jose Hasan D’Souza All People’s Party 20
Amina May Kay Gichinga Take Back the City 55
Peter James Harris UK Independence Party (UKIP) 124
Rayne Mickail Respect (George Galloway) 110

 

* excludes postal votes, which London Elects reports as a single block not broken out by ward.

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London Elects 2016 – Newham results

16 May

The London Elects website has released the results of the recent Mayoral and London Assembly elections (.xlsx) broken down to borough and ward level.

Below are the results for Newham as a whole. I’ll post the votes cast in Forest Gate North and Forest Gate South separately.

There are very few surprises. Labour won by a country-mile, with the Tories a distant second. The Greens are clearly the borough’s third party. The Liberal Democrats will probably be disappointed to finish some way behind UKIP.

Mayor of London

Candidate Party 1st Prefs 2nd Prefs
Sian Rebecca Berry Green Party 3637 10321
David Furness British National Party 596 1118
George Galloway Respect (George Galloway) 2204 9509
Paul Golding Britain First 1075 1876
Zac Goldsmith Conservative Party 14165 8374
Lee Harris Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol 731 2016
Sadiq Aman Khan Labour Party 53094 16212
Ankit Love One Love Party 230 996
Caroline Valerie Pidgeon London Liberal Democrats 1863 5843
Sophie Walker Women’s Equality Party 1284 5171
Peter Robin Whittle UK Independence Party (UKIP) 2080 3675
Prince Zylinski Independent 340 716

 

London-wide member

Party Votes
Animal Welfare Party 658
Britain First – Putting British people first 1169
British National Party 595
Caroline Pidgeon’s London Liberal Democrats 2377
Christian Peoples Alliance 1365
Conservative Party 10529
Green Party – “vote Green on orange” 4472
Labour Party 52779
Respect (George Galloway) 2787
The House Party – Homes for Londoners 348
UK Independence Party (UKIP) 3303
Women’s Equality Party 1890

 

City & East constituency member

Candidate Party Votes
Elaine Sheila Bagshaw London Liberal Democrats 3264
Christopher James Chapman Conservative Party 11192
Rachel Collinson Green Party 6017
Unmesh Desai Labour Party 53419
Aaron Anthony Jose Hasan D’Souza All People’s Party 478
Amina May Kay Gichinga Take Back the City 604
Peter James Harris UK Independence Party (UKIP) 4414
Rayne Mickail Respect (George Galloway) 2887

 

London elects – your candidates

1 Apr

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The Mayor of London and the London Assembly Member candidates have been officially announced.

Mayor of London

  • BERRY, Sian Rebecca – Green Party
  • FURNESS, David – British National Party
  • GALLOWAY, George – Respect (George Galloway)
  • GOLDING, Paul – Britain First – Putting British people first
  • GOLDSMITH, Zac – The Conservative Party Candidate
  • HARRIS, Lee Eli – Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol
  • KHAN, Sadiq Aman – Labour Party
  • LOVE, Ankit – One Love Party
  • PIDGEON, Caroline Valerie – London Liberal Democrats
  • WALKER, Sophie – Women’s Equality Party
  • WHITTLE, Peter Robin – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • ZYLINSKI, Prince – Independent

 

City & East constituency

  • BAGSHAW, Elaine Sheila – London Liberal Democrats
  • CHAPMAN, Christopher James – The Conservative Party Candidate
  • COLLINSON, Rachel – Green Party
  • D’SOUZA, Aaron Anthony Jose Hasan – All People’s Party
  • DESAI, Unmesh – Labour Party
  • GICHINGA, Amina May Kay – Take Back the City
  • HARRIS, Peter James – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • MICKAIL, Rayne – Respect (George Galloway)

 

Londonwide Assembly members

  • Animal Welfare Party
  • Britain First – Putting British People First
  • British National Party
  • Caroline Pidgeon’s London Liberal Democrats
  • Christian People’s Alliance
  • Conservative Party
  • Green Party
  • Labour Party
  • Respect Party (George Galloway)
  • The House Party – Homes for Londoners
  • UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Women’s Equality Party

The candidates on each party list can be found on the London Elects website.

Double bubble

12 Oct

Unmesh Desai and friends

Unmesh Desai and ‘Team Newham’ celebrate

Back in September, overshadowed by the results of the leadership election and Sadiq Khan’s selection as the party’s candidate for mayor of London, Labour also announced the successful candidates for seats on the London Assembly – the body that scrutinises the activities of the mayor.

And it was good news for Newham’s Unmesh Desai, who won a six-way, almost all-male contest for the City & East nomination (just one woman made it to the shortlist – and she came last). Fittingly, he received exactly 666 first preference votes, and then enough second and third preferences to ensure he ultimately prevailed.

Barring an electoral earthquake Desai will take his seat at City Hall next May, where he will pick up an annual salary of £55,161 – a substantial rise on his current Newham pay of £43,711.

But happily for Councillor Unmesh – as he likes to be known – that is not the end of the good news. There is the enticing prospect of double-bubble.

There is no legal or party requirement for him to resign his council seat, so he will continue to collect at least the basic £10,937 allowance every year on top of his GLA salary. Should Sir Robin decide he cannot live without his friend’s sage advice on crime and disorder he can shovel yet more cash into the Desai bank account in the form of a ‘special responsibility allowance’.

This will then justify thousands of pounds more in pension contributions under Newham’s recently established (and legally dubious) ‘executive members’ scheme. London Assembly members are barred – like local councillors – from joining the Local Government Pension Scheme, so the timing of this new scheme is a happy coincidence.

Public service can be very rewarding, can’t it?

CORRECTION: The original version of this post stated that the City & East shortlist was all-male. Someone kindly pointed out that Hackney councillor Feryal Demirci is a woman – my sincere apologies to her for the mistake.

Fifty shades

14 Jul

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Labour party members across east London received an email from Newham councillor Unmesh Desai over the weekend. He wants to be the party’s candidate for the London Assembly seat of City & East in next year’s election. The incumbent, John Biggs, now has more pressing business as mayor of Tower Hamlets so Desai hopes to realise a long-held ambition:

I am Unmesh Desai, I want to be your candidate for City and East London next May because I want to bring City Hall closer to our communities.  I want to see more important decisions made locally.

I have a solid track record of three decades of community campaigning across East London as an activist, trade unionist and a councillor. 
I am delighted to have received key endorsements from my local MPs Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown, Newham’s Mayor Sir Robin Wales and our MEP Claude Moraes. 50 Newham councillors are backing me, as are councillors, activists and campaigners from every parliamentary constituency, as well as the GMB.

I have the passion, commitment and determination to ensure our voice is heard loud and clear at City Hall.

Nominations close on 31st July and your constituency will meet before then to decide who to nominate. If you want to find out more about me and my campaign, please do get in touch.

Alternatively they could look at his campaign website, unmeshdesai.com.

You can see more about my experience here: INSERT LINK.

Oops.

Something else that’s missing is a list of the “50 Newham councillors” he claims are backing him. 

I’d back myself to name ten councillors who wouldn’t support Desai if he was running for town dog catcher, so the idea that he has the active support of every one of the rest is hard to believe.

But of course he could prove me wrong by publishing the names. Go on, Unmesh: INSERT LIST.