Labour's Aktar Beg of Valley ward and Tony Bell of Hale End and Highams Park speak following their surprise victories

Labour councillor's Aktar Beg and Tony Bell outside the clock in Highams Park

Labour councillor's Aktar Beg and Tony Bell outside the clock in Highams Park

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Labour councillors elected in Chingford have said cuts to public services by the coalition government played a pivotal role in the party making gains in the Conservative stronghold.

Thursday's local election saw Labour retain control of Waltham Forest council, with the party securing two seats in Chingford wards - Valley and Hale End & Highams Park.

It was the first time in 16 years that a Labour candidate was elected in Valley ward.

Aktar Beg, a chartered surveyor and business manager of Koala Bear Day Nursery in Church Hill, Walthamstow, beat the sitting Conservative councillor, Laurance Wedderburn, to take the third seat.

With just 60 votes between them, councillor Beg said he felt "completely elated" and sees the win as a "chance for the party to break into Chingford".

He added: "When we were on the doorstep five months ago, 99 per cent of residents said they had no concern with the council.

"But we did come across complaints about welfare reforms affecting pensions, and people in the NHS raised national concerns about cuts to health services."

But Conservative group leader and councillor for Chingford Green, Matt Davis, insisted Labour's presence in Chingford would be temporary and blamed UKIP for the loss of seats.

He said: "Labour did not win the seats, UKIP gave them to them. UKIP split the vote and Labour steamed up the middle.

"There is no sudden enthusiasm for Labour in Chingford and we will be taking the seats back in four years time.

"I am disappointed we lost two councillors and that our party has lost its only Sikh councillor and one of two afro-Caribbean councillors."

Hale End and Highams Park ward saw the biggest turnout, with 43 per cent, and historically the ward has swayed between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.

In 2006, the Lib Dems were elected and retained control in a 2008 by-election.

However, Labour's Tony Bell had the second highest number of votes in Thursday's election, beating Conservative councillor Paul Braham and replacing Darshan Singh Sunger. 

Councillor Davis put the win down to the Labour party gaining votes from disillusioned former Liberal Democrat voters.

Councillor Bell has lived in Highams Park for eight years and previously stood as a Labour candidate in Cann Hall ward during the 2002 election.

The A level history teacher believes the council is progressive and is doing a good job at managing government funding cuts.

He added: "I am very pleased to be representing the party locally and I hope to tackle issues such as speeding along Winchester Road.

"People are talking about national issues and they don't see the recovery in their pockets.

"Society is worse off under the Conservative party and those that previously voted Lib Dem has this time voted Labour.

"I will work hard with Sheree and Paul and we will unite around what's best for residents."

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9:31am Wed 28 May 14

sahw says...

Matt Davis still Ostrich-like, blaming others for his party losing these two seats.

These inroads by Labour into the "Tory heartland" of Chingford and the total elimination of Lib Dems from the council should tell him a different story.

The electorate wants an end to this Tory Lib Dem government.
Matt Davis still Ostrich-like, blaming others for his party losing these two seats. These inroads by Labour into the "Tory heartland" of Chingford and the total elimination of Lib Dems from the council should tell him a different story. The electorate wants an end to this Tory Lib Dem government. sahw
  • Score: -5

11:18am Wed 28 May 14

mdj says...

Two questions come to mind:
1) Was the surprise outcome related to the 'late arrival of postal votes' mentioned by the TUSC official in his recent comment in this paper?

2) By what impartial tendering process did a Labour councillor become private proprietor of the former public meeting place most conveniently situated in the centre of the borough?
Two questions come to mind: 1) Was the surprise outcome related to the 'late arrival of postal votes' mentioned by the TUSC official in his recent comment in this paper? 2) By what impartial tendering process did a Labour councillor become private proprietor of the former public meeting place most conveniently situated in the centre of the borough? mdj
  • Score: 8

12:01pm Wed 28 May 14

NTiratsoo says...

Cllr Bell certainly has an unusual idea of the term 'progressive'.

Giving large amounts of public money to shadowy business groups.

Sidelining the Town Hall trade unions.

Cutting money for the Youth Service by £5.9m or 77 per cent, the biggest reduction of anywhere in England.

Worknet

The BNI/NRF

'Progressive'?

Really?

In fact, the truth is that the Council has let down the poorer parts of the borough at virtually every opportunity.

If the Council is ‘progressive’ at anything, its making sure that its members and senior staff have a cushy life – as evidenced by Cllr Loakes’ recent substantial pay rise, and the fact that Martin Esom, the Chief Executive, earns way more than the Prime Minister.
Cllr Bell certainly has an unusual idea of the term 'progressive'. Giving large amounts of public money to shadowy business groups. Sidelining the Town Hall trade unions. Cutting money for the Youth Service by £5.9m or 77 per cent, the biggest reduction of anywhere in England. Worknet The BNI/NRF 'Progressive'? Really? In fact, the truth is that the Council has let down the poorer parts of the borough at virtually every opportunity. If the Council is ‘progressive’ at anything, its making sure that its members and senior staff have a cushy life – as evidenced by Cllr Loakes’ recent substantial pay rise, and the fact that Martin Esom, the Chief Executive, earns way more than the Prime Minister. NTiratsoo
  • Score: 16

3:38pm Wed 28 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

So they could not bear to suggest it was votes to UKIP and minority parties and boredom and disinterest?
So they could not bear to suggest it was votes to UKIP and minority parties and boredom and disinterest? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

4:22pm Wed 28 May 14

Ollie J says...

"99 per cent of residents said they had no concern with the council." Aktar Beg

99% of residents don't have any concerns about the Council?! Aktar is either willfully lying or completely delusional.
"99 per cent of residents said they had no concern with the council." Aktar Beg 99% of residents don't have any concerns about the Council?! Aktar is either willfully lying or completely delusional. Ollie J
  • Score: 6

6:07pm Wed 28 May 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

What the turkeys want is an end to Christmas, however what they do not accept is that a labour government would have to carry on implicating the cuts. It's a given the cuts are necessary and will continue whoever is in power. Labour got us into this mess face reality and stop blaming the messengers.
What the turkeys want is an end to Christmas, however what they do not accept is that a labour government would have to carry on implicating the cuts. It's a given the cuts are necessary and will continue whoever is in power. Labour got us into this mess face reality and stop blaming the messengers. Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: 0

6:30pm Wed 28 May 14

sahw says...

Howard Wolowitz wrote:
What the turkeys want is an end to Christmas, however what they do not accept is that a labour government would have to carry on implicating the cuts. It's a given the cuts are necessary and will continue whoever is in power. Labour got us into this mess face reality and stop blaming the messengers.
Another with a short memory.

Remember the banks causing a melt-down of our economy, and others world-wide? Labour just happened to be in power at the time, and did what it could to put things right.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Wolowitz[/bold] wrote: What the turkeys want is an end to Christmas, however what they do not accept is that a labour government would have to carry on implicating the cuts. It's a given the cuts are necessary and will continue whoever is in power. Labour got us into this mess face reality and stop blaming the messengers.[/p][/quote]Another with a short memory. Remember the banks causing a melt-down of our economy, and others world-wide? Labour just happened to be in power at the time, and did what it could to put things right. sahw
  • Score: 2

7:01pm Wed 28 May 14

mdj says...

Your own memory may not stretch back to the first big collapse being in the UK, sahw: Northern Rock. Who was regulating UK banks, do you imagine?

This what Mr Brown was saying when he 'happened to be in power'.

Gordon Brown, speech at the opening of Lehman Brothers EU headquarters, April 2004:

' I would like to pay tribute to the contribution you and your company make to the prosperity of Britain. During its one hundred and fifty year history, Lehman Brothers has always been an innovator, financing new ideas and inventions before many others even began to realise their potential. And it is part of the greatness not just of Lehman Brothers but of the City of London, that as the world economy has opened up, you have succeeded not by sheltering your share of a small protected national market but always by striving for a greater and greater share of the growing global market.'

You can find equally farsighted Tory quotes, I fully agree, but they weren't on watch.
I recall that Bear Stearns went bust in the UK, doing things that weren't allowed on Wall St.

Alistair Darling's - one of the few honest people in politics - plan was for deeper cuts than the Tories'.
Your own memory may not stretch back to the first big collapse being in the UK, sahw: Northern Rock. Who was regulating UK banks, do you imagine? This what Mr Brown was saying when he 'happened to be in power'. Gordon Brown, speech at the opening of Lehman Brothers EU headquarters, April 2004: ' I would like to pay tribute to the contribution you and your company make to the prosperity of Britain. During its one hundred and fifty year history, Lehman Brothers has always been an innovator, financing new ideas and inventions before many others even began to realise their potential. And it is part of the greatness not just of Lehman Brothers but of the City of London, that as the world economy has opened up, you have succeeded not by sheltering your share of a small protected national market but always by striving for a greater and greater share of the growing global market.' You can find equally farsighted Tory quotes, I fully agree, but they weren't on watch. I recall that Bear Stearns went bust in the UK, doing things that weren't allowed on Wall St. Alistair Darling's - one of the few honest people in politics - plan was for deeper cuts than the Tories'. mdj
  • Score: 2

7:14pm Wed 28 May 14

Malcolm Shykles says...

The Labour Party should never ever be trusted with money.

Gordon Brown was responsible for the sale of UK gold reserves during 1999–2002 when gold was at it's lowest price for 20 years. His advance notice of the substantial sales drove the price of gold down a further 10% by the time of the first auction on 6 July 1999.

The EU deregulated the banks but it was he who signed the Lisbon treaty thus imprisoning us inside the foolishness that led to our current troubles from which we still have to escape.
The Labour Party should never ever be trusted with money. Gordon Brown was responsible for the sale of UK gold reserves during 1999–2002 when gold was at it's lowest price for 20 years. His advance notice of the substantial sales drove the price of gold down a further 10% by the time of the first auction on 6 July 1999. The EU deregulated the banks but it was he who signed the Lisbon treaty thus imprisoning us inside the foolishness that led to our current troubles from which we still have to escape. Malcolm Shykles
  • Score: 6

9:05pm Wed 28 May 14

mdj says...

'Gordon Brown was responsible for the sale of UK gold reserves...'

Not everyone seems to know why, Malcolm, even now. It was the first bail-out of the crash,with hindsight. We lost billions to save Goldman Sachs from their own greedy incompetence. Gavyn Davies, Brown's adviser, worked for...guess who?

'http://www.zerohedg
e.com/contributed/20
12-07-10/gordon-brow
n-sold-britain%E2%80
%99s-gold-artificial
ly-low-prices-bail-o
ut-large-american -bank
'Gordon Brown was responsible for the sale of UK gold reserves...' Not everyone seems to know why, Malcolm, even now. It was the first bail-out of the crash,with hindsight. We lost billions to save Goldman Sachs from their own greedy incompetence. Gavyn Davies, Brown's adviser, worked for...guess who? 'http://www.zerohedg e.com/contributed/20 12-07-10/gordon-brow n-sold-britain%E2%80 %99s-gold-artificial ly-low-prices-bail-o ut-large-american -bank mdj
  • Score: 3

10:48pm Wed 28 May 14

Malcolm Shykles says...

In reply to mdj.

Gavyn Davies, Brown's adviser, worked for...guess who? ENRON Godfather of Kyoto and the Global Warming nonsense.
http://www.cato.org/
publications/comment
ary/why-enron-wants-
global-warming
In reply to mdj. Gavyn Davies, Brown's adviser, worked for...guess who? ENRON Godfather of Kyoto and the Global Warming nonsense. http://www.cato.org/ publications/comment ary/why-enron-wants- global-warming Malcolm Shykles
  • Score: 5

12:43am Thu 29 May 14

mdj says...

Very interesting; my point about Davies was his senior role at Goldman Sachs..
Very interesting; my point about Davies was his senior role at Goldman Sachs.. mdj
  • Score: 3

10:04am Thu 29 May 14

Malcolm Shykles says...

Have now cottoned on to your point, as your link failed to work.

Revealed: why Gordon Brown sold Britain's gold at a knock-down price

http://blogs.telegra
ph.co.uk/finance/tho
maspascoe/100018367/
revealed-why-gordon-
brown-sold-britains-
gold-at-a-knock-down
-price/
Have now cottoned on to your point, as your link failed to work. Revealed: why Gordon Brown sold Britain's gold at a knock-down price http://blogs.telegra ph.co.uk/finance/tho maspascoe/100018367/ revealed-why-gordon- brown-sold-britains- gold-at-a-knock-down -price/ Malcolm Shykles
  • Score: 2

10:29am Thu 29 May 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

Thanks for posting that link Malcolm, explains most, but puts it firmly back to that old favourite, GREED.

"This abdication ranged from the consumer whose thirst for goods pushed him beyond into grave debt to a government whose **** for popularity encouraged it to do the same."

We are going there again with the housing market, buyers are wading in because they do not want to miss the boat. However the greed leads people into debt which they do not have the ability to resolve. Repos occur they deflate the market and off we go again.

I coined a phrase in day trading circles some 12 years ago which apply to markets. P & M stands for patience and margin. Do not open a position if you do not have the margin to withstand a reversal. People are back into debt as they believe their investments will come good, ok if you know when to take a profit and have an exit strategy, but if you do not have that in place it can only lead to disaster.

Do not buy property unless it is for your home and you can afford to keep up mortgage payments when interest rates rise. If you buy to let be prepared to exit when your target price has been achieved as it is obviously more difficult to sell in a falling market when the buyers disappear. Prices as always will reverse.
Thanks for posting that link Malcolm, explains most, but puts it firmly back to that old favourite, GREED. "This abdication ranged from the consumer whose thirst for goods pushed him beyond into grave debt to a government whose **** for popularity encouraged it to do the same." We are going there again with the housing market, buyers are wading in because they do not want to miss the boat. However the greed leads people into debt which they do not have the ability to resolve. Repos occur they deflate the market and off we go again. I coined a phrase in day trading circles some 12 years ago which apply to markets. P & M stands for patience and margin. Do not open a position if you do not have the margin to withstand a reversal. People are back into debt as they believe their investments will come good, ok if you know when to take a profit and have an exit strategy, but if you do not have that in place it can only lead to disaster. Do not buy property unless it is for your home and you can afford to keep up mortgage payments when interest rates rise. If you buy to let be prepared to exit when your target price has been achieved as it is obviously more difficult to sell in a falling market when the buyers disappear. Prices as always will reverse. Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: 2

9:58pm Fri 30 May 14

stickmanny says...

mdj wrote:
Your own memory may not stretch back to the first big collapse being in the UK, sahw: Northern Rock. Who was regulating UK banks, do you imagine?

This what Mr Brown was saying when he 'happened to be in power'.

Gordon Brown, speech at the opening of Lehman Brothers EU headquarters, April 2004:

' I would like to pay tribute to the contribution you and your company make to the prosperity of Britain. During its one hundred and fifty year history, Lehman Brothers has always been an innovator, financing new ideas and inventions before many others even began to realise their potential. And it is part of the greatness not just of Lehman Brothers but of the City of London, that as the world economy has opened up, you have succeeded not by sheltering your share of a small protected national market but always by striving for a greater and greater share of the growing global market.'

You can find equally farsighted Tory quotes, I fully agree, but they weren't on watch.
I recall that Bear Stearns went bust in the UK, doing things that weren't allowed on Wall St.

Alistair Darling's - one of the few honest people in politics - plan was for deeper cuts than the Tories'.
Brown said this at at a time when everyone - and I mean everyone - in both finance and politics were certain that there was no imminent danger of recession.

It is sophistry to point him out after the fact and you know it.
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: Your own memory may not stretch back to the first big collapse being in the UK, sahw: Northern Rock. Who was regulating UK banks, do you imagine? This what Mr Brown was saying when he 'happened to be in power'. Gordon Brown, speech at the opening of Lehman Brothers EU headquarters, April 2004: ' I would like to pay tribute to the contribution you and your company make to the prosperity of Britain. During its one hundred and fifty year history, Lehman Brothers has always been an innovator, financing new ideas and inventions before many others even began to realise their potential. And it is part of the greatness not just of Lehman Brothers but of the City of London, that as the world economy has opened up, you have succeeded not by sheltering your share of a small protected national market but always by striving for a greater and greater share of the growing global market.' You can find equally farsighted Tory quotes, I fully agree, but they weren't on watch. I recall that Bear Stearns went bust in the UK, doing things that weren't allowed on Wall St. Alistair Darling's - one of the few honest people in politics - plan was for deeper cuts than the Tories'.[/p][/quote]Brown said this at at a time when everyone - and I mean everyone - in both finance and politics were certain that there was no imminent danger of recession. It is sophistry to point him out after the fact and you know it. stickmanny
  • Score: 0

1:22am Sat 31 May 14

mdj says...

You clearly don't read 'Money Week', a large circulation magazine, whose core staff had been predicting disaster for years. It's not sophistry to point out that the other 'experts' were unfit for purpose, and people of ordinary common sense had seen the crash coming for years. We'd already seen him give away our gold to bail out Goldman Sachs - not that we knew that was the reason at the time. If Brown with all his extra sources of information, didn't know by them that Enron was a fraudulent organisation, he was massively incompetent; if he did, he was colluding with fraud.

It must grate to acknowledge that Labour was as blind, vain, incompetent, reckless and greedy as the Tories.
You clearly don't read 'Money Week', a large circulation magazine, whose core staff had been predicting disaster for years. It's not sophistry to point out that the other 'experts' were unfit for purpose, and people of ordinary common sense had seen the crash coming for years. We'd already seen him give away our gold to bail out Goldman Sachs - not that we knew that was the reason at the time. If Brown with all his extra sources of information, didn't know by them that Enron was a fraudulent organisation, he was massively incompetent; if he did, he was colluding with fraud. It must grate to acknowledge that Labour was as blind, vain, incompetent, reckless and greedy as the Tories. mdj
  • Score: 1

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