Unfortunately Labour was unable to gain a seat from the Conservatives in Kenton ward yesterday following the death of Councillor Arthur Steel which triggered the by-election. Conservative candidate Suresh Kansagra won by 156 votes.
The final results were as follows:
- Suresh Kansagra (Conservative) – 1,063 votes
- Ellie May Southwood (Labour) – 907 votes
- Robert Dunwell (Independent) – 185 votes
- Alan Mathison (Green Party) – 75 votes
(turnout – 25.96%)
The seat would have been a real coup for Brent Labour as it has been Conservative since its existence. It remains the only ward in Brent which has three Conservative Councillors. It was a fair fought election and Ellie was a splendid candidate and managed to increase the Labour vote in Kenton Ward by 2.8%. Meanwhile the Lib Dem vote collapsed from 14.4% in May to 7.4% yesterday and were even shamefully beaten by the Independent candidate Robert Dunwell.
Change from May 2010 elections
|Party||May 2010 Result||Feb 2011 by-election Result||Change from May election (%)|
|Conservative||46.3 %||43.9 %||– 2.4 %|
|Labour||34.7 %||37.5 %||+ 2.8 %|
|Lib Dem||14.4 %||7.4 %||– 7 %|
|Green||4.6 %||3.1 %||– 1.5 %|
|Independent||0 %||7.6 %||+ 7.6 %|
I’d like to congratulate Suresh on his victory and I look forward to working with him at the Council.