Live updates from Waltham Forest local election count (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Live updates from Waltham Forest local election count
Updated 3:24pm Friday 23rd May 2014 in News
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- Labour retain control of Waltham Forest council, with Liberal Democrat leader Bob Sullivan losing the Leyton seat he has held for 32 years.
- Lib Dems lose all six elected councillors
- The Conservatives lose seats in Valley and Hale End and Highams Park to Labour
- Ukip make inroads in Chingford.
Results for all Waltham Forest wards are now in.
Labour have taken 53 per cent of all votes, giving them 44 of 60 seats and overall control of the council.
The Conservative Party have the rest of the seats after securing 21 per cent of votes.
All six Liberal Democrat councillors have lost their seats on the council.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition received three per cent of all votes, the Green Party had six per cent and UKIP scooped four per cent of votes.
The Conservative Party has retained all three seats in Hatch Lane ward, Chingford.
Councillors took 47 percent of 3174 votes in the ward which saw a 37 percent turnout.
Marion Fitzgerald and Geoffrey Walker were re-elected but Tim James stood in the place of Cllr Laurie Braham.
Labour candidate Stephen Garrett was 200 votes behind the top three.
Labour have taken another victory in Cathall ward with all three councillors keeping their seats.
Councillors Naheed Asghar, Terry Wheeler and Shameem Highfield took 75 percent of all votes.
Mr Wheeler has been a councillor since 1982.
Labour councillors have retained all three seats in Wood Street ward.
Angie Bean, Peter Barnett and Richard Sweden were all re-elected after receiving a joint 60 percent of votes.
The party has scooped 54 percent of all votes in Waltham Forest so far.
Conservative councillors have received 20 percent of all votes so far.
Conservatives have retained all three seats in Larkswood ward. Cllr John Moss and Bernadette Mill secured 1,428 and 1,421 respectively.
22 year-old rookie Millie Balkan has secured the third seat after being selected by the Conservative party to replace Nick Buckmaster.
Nick Buckmaster was handed a suspended 12 month sentence on Friday for possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.
Labour have retained all three seats in Marhouse ward with cllr Asim Mahmood, portfolio leader for human resources, winning a third term.
The party scooped 78 per cent of votes.
On a similar note, Labour cllrs Ahsan Khan, Mark Rusling and Saima Mahmud have all been re-elected in Hoe Street ward.
All three Green Party candidates came second with only a quarter of the votes secured by Labour.
Labour now have an overall majority with 32 seats out of a possible 60. There are still 18 seats up for grabs across six remaining wards.
Conservative's have secured 10 seats across four Chingford wards, losing two seats to Labour.
We are still waiting on results for Cathall, Markhouse, Hoe Street, Larkswood, Wood Street and Hatch Lane.
The Lib Dems have lost all of their exisiting councillors.
Elizabeth Phillips of Cann Hall ward has lost her seat to Labour. Ms Philipps has been a councillor in Waltham Forest since 1994.
Keith Rayner, a former Liberal Democrat deputy leader of the council under the coalition with Labour has been elected in the ward after defecting to the Labour party.
Labour has won all three seats with 5,100 of the total 8,900 votes.
Conservative cllr of four years for Hale End and Highams Park, Darshan Singh Sunger has said he was shocked by this morning's vote but wishes Labour's Tony Bell "the best of luck".
Tony Bell won the election vote by 102 votes.
Mr Sunger would not give a reason for the defeat but suggested UKIP's presence was "splitting the Tory vote."
He also paid tribute to his colleagues cllr Sheree Rackham and cllrs Paul Braham and party leader cllr Matt Davis.
"I want to say a big thank you to my lovely residents. It has been very endearing and I've made some good friends."
Mr Sunger has not ruled out standing again but says he will spend time focusing on his local business and spending time with his family.
Labour retain all three seats in Lea Bridge ward, with Masood Ahmad, Mohammad Asghar and Yemi Osho dominating the poll.
Green candidate Rachel Barrat comes in fourth
Labour are making gains in the Conservative heartland of Chingford.
Valley ward has been split, with Conservatives retaining only two out of three seats.
Conservative Laurance Wedderburn, elected in 2004, has been replaced by Labour's Aktar Beg, who stood in the Chingford ward in 2010 and 2006.
In 2010, Mr Beg gained 11 per cent of the votes, compared to just seven per cent in 2006.
This time he secured 13 per cent and pippped Wedderburn by 60 votes.
The Liberal Democrats have lost a seat in Forest ward with Labour taking all three seats.
Cllr Farooq Qureshi, has been representing the ward since 2002 and was Mayor from May 2006 to 2007.
He has now been replaced by Labour's Kastriot Berberi, who achieved exactly 500 more votes than Qureshi.
Labour have now taken control of seven wards.
Labour have retained all three seats in Chapel End ward with cllr Paul Douglas serving a second term. He will be joined alongside two new councillors - Louise Mitchell and Steve Terry.
Lib Dems came second, with candidate James Goodman receiving 690 votes compared to Labour's average of 1,800 for each candidate.
Waltham Forest Mayor cllr Nadeem Ali retains his seat in William Morris ward along with two new Labour candidates - Grace Mae Williams and Stuart Emmerson.
The party took 7, 149 of the total 10, 176 votes casted.
RT @MarkRusling: Labour wins a seat in IDS's back yard! One seat in Chingford! Tony Bell is new cllr for Hale End & Highams Park #labourgain— @WFLabourParty 23 May 2014
RT @kieranfalconer: Waltham Forest might be a Fib-Dem free zone! Just four years ago they were preparing to take over the council.— @TheWansteadtap 23 May 2014
The Liberal Democrat leader also said the vote count was the slowest he had ever seen.
There is still 12 ward results to be anonunced in Waltham Forest, but neighbouring borough Redbridge has finalised its count with the Labour party taking control of the local authority for the first time.
"It's been ridiculously slow, I've never seen anything like it.
"It possiby could be because of the split ballot papers but other councils have managed to get their results out far quicker."
The council has not released any further results in over an hour.
Liberal Democrat leader Bob Sullivan does not suspect his party will win any seats in Waltham Forest.
The Leyton ward councillor of 32 years has lost his seat along with two others in the same ward and councillor Mahmood Hussain of High Street ward.
The party had been in a joint administration with Labour in Waltham Forest for eight years from 2002 to 2010.
In response to the heavy defeat, he said: "They (voters) wanted people who don't do anything. We did everything we needed to do.
"The coalition government didn't do us any favours.
"People in Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone don't like the Conservatives and essentially, at a national level, the Liberal Democrats were in bed with the Tories."
"We got slaughtered - well and truly thumped."
The party has two councillors standing across Cann Hall and Forest ward, and although the results are yet to be announced, Mr Sullivan claims his party "will not win any seats in the borough."
With 60 seats up for grabs across the borough's 20 wards, the Labour party has so far secured 16 seats in Grove Green, Leyton, Leytonstone, High Street, Higham Hill and one seat in Hale End and Highams Park.
The Conservative party are the only other party to have taken seats across Chingford in Endlebury (3), Chingford Green (3) and Hale End and Highams Park (2).
According to the council, Hale End and Highams Park ward has so far had the highest reported turnout, at 43 per cent and is shortly followed by High Street ward with 41 per cent.
3,159 verified votes for Cann Hall, 35% turnout #le2014 #wf2014— @LBWFDemocracy 23 May 2014
@LBWFDemocracy 35% turnout. Totally shocking.— @pinkshivs 23 May 2014
@Umwelt_E17 all I can see is Karen Bellamy, Clare Coghill and others. Am following @LBWFDemocracy. Bloody website keeps crashing— @Lucyvfreeman 23 May 2014
60 seats. Con: 8. Lab: 16. Undeclared: 36. All results: http://t.co/duYrtraVyJ #le2014 #wf2014— @LBWFDemocracy 23 May 2014
“@LBWFDemocracy: Hale End and Highams Park: Con: 2 seats. Lab: 1 seat.. Full results at http://t.co/jMxuevUFqR #le2014 #wf2014” Wow! Close.— @ShazzaF1 23 May 2014
Am I amazed that @LBWF managed to count Loakes, Robbins , Pye, and Ali wards in the first batch? What a surprise. #e17— @stevegreen39 23 May 2014
Higham Hill had a seat up for grabs after disgraced former Labour councillor Geoff Hammond was jailed in January for 12 months after he admitted stealing £100,000 from a Christian charity.
Nonetheless, Labour, including the council’s portfolio leader for child and family poverty, Karen Bellamy, held all three seats with 67 per cent of 9,335 votes.
Liberal Democrats were the second most popular party in the ward, but only managed 1,488 votes compared to Labour’s 6,294.
Residents living in Leytonstone have re-elected the same three Labour councillors, including the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment Clyde Loakes.
All three councillors combined took 58 per cent of the total vote, with Green Party candidate Mark Stephen Dawes coming in second with 700 votes – 1,200 less than each Labour councillor.
There has been a shock result in Hale End and Highams Park ward, with Labour candidate Tony Bell gaining the third seat, formerly held by conservative councillor Darshan Singh Sunger with just 102 votes more.
The current councillors Paul Braham and Sheree Rackham have held onto their seats, but were closely following by Labour with just 264 votes seperating the parties.
Labour are on course to retain control of Waltham Forest council, with Liberal Democrat leader Bob Sullivan losing the Leyton seat he has held for 34 years.
The Conservatives continue to dominate in Chingford, where Ukip is now the second biggest party, currently averaging about 11 per cent of the vote.
Labour has currently won 12 seats, with 48 per cent of the vote, and took control of Leyton ward from the Lib Dems, who are facing the prospect of having no councillors, despite being in a ruling coalition just four years ago.
The Lib Dems have also lost a seat in High Street to Labour, with Mahmood Hussain trailing Raja Anwar.
The Tories are the only other party to have taken seats, winning six with 23 per cent of the overall borough vote.
Conservatives retain control in Endlebury ward with councillors Roy Berg, Peter Herrington and Caroline Eric taking 56 per cent of the votes.
UKIP candidate John O'Shea secured 11 per cent of votes.
Conversative group leader Matt Davis, formerly an Endlebury ward councillor, won his seat in Chingford Green ward with 20 per cent of the vote, followed by councillor Andy Hemsted and new conservative councillor Nick Halebi.
Ukip candidate Martin Levin came in fourth with nearly 1,000 votes, 500 votes behind the third placed Conservative.
Cabinet member for children and young people, Clare Coghill, who is tipped as a future labour group leader, took the highest number of votes in High Street, followed by councillor Liaquat Ali, portfolio leader for community safety and cohesion.
Waltham Forest TUSC candidate Nancy Taaffe only secured two per cent of votes.
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