Stella Creasy secures victory for Labour in Walthamstow

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Stella Creasy after the election result Stella Creasy after the election result

DESPITE a bad night for the Government nationally, it was a good night for Labour’s parliamentary hopefuls in Waltham Forest, with Stella Creasy securing a convincing, if unsurprising, win in Walthamstow.

Ms Creasy replaces popular veteran Neil Gerrard, who retired after 18 years representing the constituency, and increased the Labour majority.

Liberal Democrat candidate Farid Ahmed came in second with 11,774 votes.

Former local councillor and Mayor of Waltham Forest, Ms Creasy, said her first priorities in the constituency are to help young people and push for the regeneration of the town centre.

She said: “I went door-to-door and asked for support because this is my home and I feel honoured people responded in that way and increased the majority.

“I'm determined, I want to work with the council, police and other partnerships to make sure the young are safe and have activities to do.

“I also plan to push the campaign for the (re-opening of the) EMD cinema and the regeneration of Walthamstow town centre.”

Mr Ahmed, who also came second in 2005, looked visibly disappointed by the outcome.

He said: “We are very disappointed because we put a lot of effort in, but when you look around the country something happened which I don't understand right now.

People said they wanted to vote for us, but were scared.”

Conservative candidate Andrew Hemsted got 5,734, compared with a Conservative candidates' 6,254 share in 2005.

Green Party candidate Daniel Perrett received 767 votes.

Trade Union and Socialist candidate and local activist, Nancy Taaffe, received just 279 votes compared with 727 in 2005, but vowed to continue to campaign against public sector cuts.

Judith Chisholm-Benli for UKIP got 823, compared with 810 won by the UKIP candidate in 2005.

Ashar Mall of the Christian Party got 248 votes, and Independent candidate Paul Warburton received 117.

A total of 63.4 per cent of the electorate (41,004) turned out for the general election this year which is nearly 10 per cent more than in 2005, when 54.6 per cent voted.

While general election results were declared around the country from 11pm, starting in Sunderland, Waltham Forest council's count lasted for more than ten hours.

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11:47am Fri 7 May 10

May Buds says...

“We are very disappointed because we put a lot of effort in." No, Mr Ahmed, you put a lot of money in, which isn't the same thing at all, but I'm pleased to see that you haven't been able to buy votes.
“We are very disappointed because we put a lot of effort in." No, Mr Ahmed, you put a lot of money in, which isn't the same thing at all, but I'm pleased to see that you haven't been able to buy votes. May Buds

11:59am Fri 7 May 10

JonathanB says...

Well said May. I saw Stella on the street campaigning and twice on the streets yesterday. I've seen her loads of times at various protests. I've never seen Ahmed. I don't even know if he lives in Walthamstow (which Stella does).
Well said May. I saw Stella on the street campaigning and twice on the streets yesterday. I've seen her loads of times at various protests. I've never seen Ahmed. I don't even know if he lives in Walthamstow (which Stella does). JonathanB

12:19pm Fri 7 May 10

RayJay says...

The Lib-Dems didn't make any gains from the Labour party even though they sent more garbage through the door than the rest put together.
The last piece of Lib-Dem propaganda put through my door likened Gordon Brown to Margaret Thatcher!!!!!!!
Shame on them.
The Lib-Dems didn't make any gains from the Labour party even though they sent more garbage through the door than the rest put together. The last piece of Lib-Dem propaganda put through my door likened Gordon Brown to Margaret Thatcher!!!!!!! Shame on them. RayJay

2:21pm Fri 7 May 10

May Buds says...

I see our two local jack-the-lads failed in their efforts (?) to jump aboard the Westminster gravy train. Clyde Loakes lost Northampton South for Labour with a 16.1% swing to the Conservatives and Naz Sarkar ditto Reading West with a 14.5% swing. Oo-er!
I see our two local jack-the-lads failed in their efforts (?) to jump aboard the Westminster gravy train. Clyde Loakes lost Northampton South for Labour with a 16.1% swing to the Conservatives and Naz Sarkar ditto Reading West with a 14.5% swing. Oo-er! May Buds

2:27pm Fri 7 May 10

Earle Martin says...

As a cyclist herself, I hope Stella will work to improve cycle infrastructure in Walthamstow from its current neglected and dangerous state.
As a cyclist herself, I hope Stella will work to improve cycle infrastructure in Walthamstow from its current neglected and dangerous state. Earle Martin

5:59pm Fri 7 May 10

Tom Thumb says...

May Buds wrote:
I see our two local jack-the-lads failed in their efforts (?) to jump aboard the Westminster gravy train. Clyde Loakes lost Northampton South for Labour with a 16.1% swing to the Conservatives and Naz Sarkar ditto Reading West with a 14.5% swing. Oo-er!
Wild applause. Cheering. Fireworks.
[quote][p][bold]May Buds[/bold] wrote: I see our two local jack-the-lads failed in their efforts (?) to jump aboard the Westminster gravy train. Clyde Loakes lost Northampton South for Labour with a 16.1% swing to the Conservatives and Naz Sarkar ditto Reading West with a 14.5% swing. Oo-er![/p][/quote]Wild applause. Cheering. Fireworks. Tom Thumb

6:13pm Fri 7 May 10

May Buds says...

Tom Thumb wrote:
May Buds wrote: I see our two local jack-the-lads failed in their efforts (?) to jump aboard the Westminster gravy train. Clyde Loakes lost Northampton South for Labour with a 16.1% swing to the Conservatives and Naz Sarkar ditto Reading West with a 14.5% swing. Oo-er!
Wild applause. Cheering. Fireworks.
Joy is hardly unconfined, Tom Thumb, but one hopes their hubristic bid for (self-)promotion might induce a modicum of humility (or at the very least a moment of self-awareness) in the losers.
[quote][p][bold]Tom Thumb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]May Buds[/bold] wrote: I see our two local jack-the-lads failed in their efforts (?) to jump aboard the Westminster gravy train. Clyde Loakes lost Northampton South for Labour with a 16.1% swing to the Conservatives and Naz Sarkar ditto Reading West with a 14.5% swing. Oo-er![/p][/quote]Wild applause. Cheering. Fireworks.[/p][/quote]Joy is hardly unconfined, Tom Thumb, but one hopes their hubristic bid for (self-)promotion might induce a modicum of humility (or at the very least a moment of self-awareness) in the losers. May Buds

6:19pm Fri 7 May 10

me in E10 says...

“I went door-to-door and asked for support because this is my home and I feel honoured people responded in that way and increased the majority.

Where? because I never saw you. Two leaflets in the whole campaign. Shame on you. Does your bicycle not pedal outside the town centre or the village? Stella, please remember that you do have some of E10 in your constituency.
“I went door-to-door and asked for support because this is my home and I feel honoured people responded in that way and increased the majority. Where? because I never saw you. Two leaflets in the whole campaign. Shame on you. Does your bicycle not pedal outside the town centre or the village? Stella, please remember that you do have some of E10 in your constituency. me in E10

12:25am Sat 8 May 10

John001 says...

me in E10 wrote:
“I went door-to-door and asked for support because this is my home and I feel honoured people responded in that way and increased the majority. Where? because I never saw you. Two leaflets in the whole campaign. Shame on you. Does your bicycle not pedal outside the town centre or the village? Stella, please remember that you do have some of E10 in your constituency.
I live in E10 and Stella was down my road during the campaign. Perhaps you were just not at home when she was around?
Two leaflets were enough, I think. Or would you have preferred an avalanche of paper as per the Lib Dem candidate?
[quote][p][bold]me in E10[/bold] wrote: “I went door-to-door and asked for support because this is my home and I feel honoured people responded in that way and increased the majority. Where? because I never saw you. Two leaflets in the whole campaign. Shame on you. Does your bicycle not pedal outside the town centre or the village? Stella, please remember that you do have some of E10 in your constituency.[/p][/quote]I live in E10 and Stella was down my road during the campaign. Perhaps you were just not at home when she was around? Two leaflets were enough, I think. Or would you have preferred an avalanche of paper as per the Lib Dem candidate? John001

10:49am Sat 8 May 10

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Stella has done well, not only to win the seat but to do so with a creditable majority in the first parliamentary election after a the retirement of a popular MP. In these situations, there is usually a fall in the majority even when the party retains the seat.

Now she is soon to set foot in the House of Commons, albeit probably in opposition, I hope she will use her influence to highlight some of the issues that last week's hustings for women, which attracted such criticism from Brisbane and Investigations, was organised to discuss.

Do you notice that there are no women at all involved in the talks between the Conservatives and Lib Dems? I would have thought even the Tories could rustle up at least one - Theresa May, for example, who was a Shadow Secretary of State in the last government.
Stella has done well, not only to win the seat but to do so with a creditable majority in the first parliamentary election after a the retirement of a popular MP. In these situations, there is usually a fall in the majority even when the party retains the seat. Now she is soon to set foot in the House of Commons, albeit probably in opposition, I hope she will use her influence to highlight some of the issues that last week's hustings for women, which attracted such criticism from Brisbane and Investigations, was organised to discuss. Do you notice that there are no women at all involved in the talks between the Conservatives and Lib Dems? I would have thought even the Tories could rustle up at least one - Theresa May, for example, who was a Shadow Secretary of State in the last government. Helen, Walthamstow

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