Labour seize control of Redbridge Council - live updates (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Labour seize control of Redbridge Council - live updates
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- Labour has taken majority control of Redbridge council for the first time.
- Labour finished on 35 seats, nine more than 2010.
- Conservatives got 25 seats, five down on 2010.
- Liberal Democrats finished with only three, four down on last time.
“@StaceTheKing: Thank you people of Redbridge for your common sense. No UKIP round here 💅💅 http://t.co/wTcA9iZYn0” Thank goodness!— @_PurpleBraids 23 May 2014
Just spotted @wesstreeting on BBC news. Hope we can build on our gains in Redbridge to get him elected to Parliament next year!— @elliereeves 23 May 2014
#Redbridge falls to the Dark Side— @YodaMoth 23 May 2014
RT @labourpress: Labour leader @Ed_Miliband in Redbridge #labourgain http://t.co/Ypux7KoOtT— @LHGLondon 23 May 2014
A last word from Ed Miliband: "A majority council here in Redbridge is a historic and extraordinary achievement.
"It has not been done before and there will be hard decisions to come, but we have shown we deserve to be here."
Ed Miliband addresses supporters on the steps of Ilford Town Hall after Labour took control of Redbridge council
Ed Miliband speaking to the Guardian on whether he saw the victory coming when he visited Barkingside earlier this month: "You never know what will happen but I was confident in Jas Athwal who has shown the difference he can give to the people in Redbridge.
"It is a tribute to Jas, Wes and the whole team. They can make a difference to peoples' lives here."
Ed Miliband: "The reason we won here was because of the deep desire for change in the country, and Jas Athwal and Wes Streeting are answering that answer for change.
"Right across Britain people are voting Labour, and the new Labour council here will work for people in Redbridge."
Ed Miliband: "It is great to be back in Redbridge and to celebrate an incredible job in the borough.
"It is the first time in history for Labour to have a majority government here and we all want to congratulate the new leader of Redbridge council, Jas Athwal."
Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed a cheering crowd this afternoon, this was what he had to say.
Of the Liberal Democrats, only Hugh Cleaver of Church End ward, and Ian Bond and Gwyneth Deakins of Roding ward were re-elected.
While in 2010 Redbridge Independent Group won four seats and independent members won two, this year only the big three of Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats share the 63 seats on the council.
So it really is all about Labour, they gained an incredible nine seats on 2010.
Also Shoaib Patel, Lib Dem former cabinet member of environment, transportation and crime, fell to the Labour surge. Labour took all three seats in Valentines ward.
Former cabinet members have not all been re-elected to their wards. Ruth Clark, Conservative former cabinet member for planning and public protection was not elected to Aldborough as Labour took all three seats.
So Ed Miliband will be in Ilford High Street in 25 minutes, reaction to follow here.
@secondskin471 @afneil First time Labour has run Redbridge in 50yrs, first time in Croydon for 8yrs. That is a success IMHO— @BryanDaveyLdn 23 May 2014
RT @mowgli786: #Redbridge is officially a #UKIP free Zone. Awesome. #redbridgevotes— @TabzyWabzy 23 May 2014
UKIP's vote percentage rose to 4.4 per cent this year. They had less than one per cent in 2010.
Labour won Redbridge but managed only one leaflet in Church End. Result: Tories snatch two seats from Lib Dems— @PaulANettleton 23 May 2014
As long as Labour got Redbridge its sweet. Not happy but better then UKIP.— @mikahmed91 23 May 2014
RT @DrEoinCl: Labour now control 4 more Councils 1. Cambridge 2. Croydon 3. Redbridge 4. Hammersmith & Fulham— @BarbaraMercer76 23 May 2014
Labour leader Ed Miliband is to speak on the steps of Ilford Town Hall at 1pm following his party's historic victory in Redbridge
Sensational results in #hammersmithandfulham and in #Redbridge! Elated to see Labour back in control :-D Many congrats to all! #labourgain— @AmranHussain 23 May 2014
Local election results: Labour win in Redbridge hailed by Sadiq Khan: Sadiq Khan today said Labour's landmark ... http://t.co/T0kU2yrLzO— @news24heng 23 May 2014
So overall, Labour received 46.9 per cent of the votes, Conservatives 34.2 per cent, and Liberal Democrats 9.3 per cent.
Wow, Redbridge has turned full Labour! Tory stronghold there.— @autobees 23 May 2014
@Jas_Athwal have just moved to redbridge congrats would like to see some changes now— @Mikaeelshazad 23 May 2014
Tory leader of #Redbridge council, Keith Prince, holds on to his seat... Just. #Vote2014— @Tarahwelsh 23 May 2014
Truely, a gr8 result, made possible by a wonderful team @redbridgelabour & ,of course, the residents of Redbridge @polblonde @MikeGapes— @AnnajoyDavid 23 May 2014
Conservative Keith Prince was re-elected to the Barkingside ward: "We are still committed to the area, and will continue to knock on doors and serve the community. This is reflected in us being re-elected.
"We do not think we had a bad result if you look at results around the country, it was a respectable performance from us."
RT @johnmcternan: Redbridge goes Labour. The suburbs are being painted red.— @livvyjohn 23 May 2014
Former leader of Redbridge council, Conservative Keith Prince: "Labour worked very hard for it and it is not a surprise.
"It was a hard fought campaign, and Labour shipped in the big guns. But at the end of the day it was a very positive and clean campaign by both sides."
Not a great night for Redbridge Conservatives, but a great night for Church End Conservatives! Thank you to all residents for your trust.— @CE_Conservative 23 May 2014
Wes Streeting: "We now want to improve the lives for residents across the borough. Redbridge Labour has a mix of experienced and fantastic new councillors.
"We are just delighted really, it was a hard fought, intensive campaign. It was the most exhasting and rewarding campaign I have ever taken part in."
RT @BBCPolitics: #VOTE2014 COUNCIL RESULT: Lab gain Redbridge from NOC http://t.co/wtuBuvYGoR— @Billie_Bell 23 May 2014
Wes Streeting, deputy leader of Redbridge Labour: "Whole mix of emotions made even more indistinguishable by the fact we have been up for over 24 hours.
"We are thrilled as it is the first time this borough has seen a Labour majority, and it is a historic day."
@wesstreeting Congratulations Wes, Really well done to you and your team, First ever Labour majority in Redbridge according to Sadiq Khan.— @james_chick 23 May 2014
RT @wesstreeting: We've done it! We've won a Labour majority for the first time in the history of Redbridge!!!!!!! #labourgain— @smather4 23 May 2014
Reaction to follow on historic result for Labour
Labour finished on 35 seats, nine more than 2010.
Conservatives got 25 seats, five down on 2010.
Liberal Democrats finished with only three, four down on last time.
It is official, Labour has a majority council in Redbridge for the first time.
It looks like it is going to be a majority victory for Labour, as Clementswood ward is retained.
Helen Coomb gained 2,340 votes, Zulfiqar Hussain 2,233 and Muhammed Javed 2,232.
A clean sweep in Seven Kings for Labour, gaining from Redbridge Independent Group.
Stuart Bellwood received 2,678, Bob Littlewood 2,564 and Baldesh Kaur Nijjar 2,480 votes.
Current council leader and Conservative leader Keith Prince has retained his Barkingside seat as the Tories retain the ward.
He received 1,992 votes, with Ashley Kissin and Karen Packer receiving 2,007 and 1,995 respectively.
Labour has taken two seats from Conservatives in the ward of Aldborough. Labour deputy leader Wes Streeting won the Aldborough poll along with two other Labour candidates.
The councillor, who had previously represented Chadwell, received 2,100 votes, with John Howard and Debbie Kaur-Thiara receiving 2,364 and 2,454 respectively.
Ruth Clarke, Tory cabinet member for planning and public protection, has failed to be voted in.
Counting is well underway in the Redbridge local election, where Labour has made significant gains in what is expected to be a close-run race with the Conservatives for control of the council.
Results in 13 of the 21 wards have been declared so far, with Labour currently on 20 seats and looking on course for a majority council, with Conservatives on 16 seats.
Labour took two seats from the Conservatives to wrestle control of Hainault.
Labour also took two seats from Conservatives in Wanstead, with Sheila Bain and Paul Merry elected alongside Tory Michelle Dunn.
The Labour Group has taken control of Loxford by taking seats from Redbridge Independent Group, with Ahmad Shakil, Ahmed Mohammad and Rashid Taifur elected.
Valentines was also gained by Labour, with Lib Dem cabinet member for environment, transportation and crime, Shoaib Patel, beaten by Khayer Chowdhury, Ross Hatfull, Farah Hussain.
Goodmayes is now fully Labour too, with Kam Rai, Bert Jones and Barbara White being elected at the expense of Conservative Ali Hai.
Conservatives did gain two seats in Church End from the Liberal Democrats, with Emma Best and Tom McLaren elected alongside Lib Dem Hugh Cleaver.
The Tories took a seat from the Liberal Democrats in the Roding ward, where Sarah Blaber was elected alongside Lib Dems Ian Bond and Gwyneth Deakins.
They also gained full control of Fullwell from Redbridge Independent Group, with Jeevah Haran, David Bromiley and Nick Haynes elected.
Labour also retained their grip on Mayfield ward after Jas Athwal, Kay Flint and Ayodhiya Parkash were re-elected.
Conservatives retained Fairlop with Brian Lambert, Joyce Ryan and Tom Sharpe elected.
The party held Monkhams with Linda Huggett, Jim O’Shea and Michael Stark elected.
And also Bridge with Paul Canal, John Fairley-Churchill and Robin Turbefield elected.
A total of 39.7 per cent of people in the borough voted, a drop on the 2010 local elections when 61.9 per cent of the electorate took to the polls.
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