Brent results for the General Election

Residents have voted emphatically for Labour in Brent. We are represented by three MPs covering the Hampstead and Kilburn, Brent Central and Brent North constituencies.

Tulip Siddiq has increased her majority in Hampstead and Kilburn from 1,138 to 15,560. In Brent Central where my Council ward Dudden Hill is, Dawn Butler increased her vote share from 19,649 to 27,997 and in Brent North, Barry Gardiner increased his majority from 10,834 to 17,061.

The Conservatives had heavily targeted Brent North and Hampstead and Kilburn in particular but London in general saw Labour support rapidly increase across the capital. Personally I mostly campaigned in my own ward in Dudden Hill within Brent Central but did go to campaign sessions in Hampstead and Kilburn and Harrow West where Gareth Thomas not only retained his seat but increased his majority.

Sadly, we are still facing a Tory Government led by a weak leader but we will now have a strengthened and united opposition which will be incredibly important as we go through Brexit negotiations.

We were already knocking on doors before the snap election was called as we don’t just go on the doorstep during election time. Our returns in Dudden Hill when canvassing in the snap election period where showing that Dawn would increase her majority and in a worst case scenario would be no worse than the 2015 result under Ed Miliband’s leadership. A few conversations I had with voters during the campaign stick to my head.

In Dudden Hill, I met a firefighter who was so angry with the Government following the terror attacks. He lived in Kilburn but happened to be visiting his mother in my ward when I knocked on the door. He was furious at how much the emergency services were praised for their work in response to the attacks but when it comes to day to day activity they were treated like crap. They couldn’t even exercise or show their frustrations by being able to strike. He hadn’t had a pay rise in years and all his living costs had gone up. They felt undervalued day in day out and used as a political tool when they are needed.

Corbyn was mentioned as a reason people were not voting Labour but when we checked our returns, this was generally mentioned by people who had never voted for Labour and were anti-Labour in all elections.

Labour voters who mentioned dislike for Corbyn still said they would vote for Labour because of Party values. Corbyn was even mentioned as a reason for people voting for Labour, switching to Labour from Greens or Lib Dems and he gave a reason for people who had never voted before to vote for Labour for the first time in their lives.

Results in Brent Central and Brent North show the Conservative vote was fairly static in Brent and in terms of vote share there were slight decreases but a huge drop in their support in Hampstead and Kilburn.

It was truly remarkable to see people coming forward to vote at polling stations who had never been motivated to come out and exercise their democratic right before. As we showed in the London elections with Sadiq Khan’s victory, positive campaigning and the politics of hope definitely helped to deliver the unexpected general election result we are waking up to today.

 

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Last chance to register to vote on Monday

Residents in Brent have one last chance to get themselves onto the electoral register in time for the general election, as the registration deadline of 11:59pm on Monday 22 May fast approaches.

Anyone not yet registered to vote is being urged by the council to do so this weekend and consider whether they will have their say by post, proxy or in person at the polls.

You can have your say by post, proxy or in person on polling day but of course, in order to vote you must first be registered. You can register to vote online vie the following LINK

Labour candidates in Brent are Tulip Siddiq for Hampstead and Kilburn, Dawn Butler for Brent Central and Barry Gardiner for Brent North. All three are local MPs and live in the constituencies they represent. They have been fighting hard for us in Parliament whilst the Tories as well as Lib Dems have been disproportionately cutting the funding available to Brent’s health, social care, police and fire brigade services.

Have your say on changes to Parliamentary boundaries

A twelve week consultation has been launched by the Boundary Commission for England for residents to have their say on proposed parliamentary boundary changes.

The proposals see a reduction in the number of constituencies in London. The reduction will see the 73 MPs who serve in London reduced to 68. The plans are part of reforms which would see a loss of 50 constituencies across the country and therefore a reduction of 50 MPs serving in the House of Commons.

Four of the proposed constituencies include parts of Brent:

  • Kenton – the Brent wards of Barnhill, Fryent, Kenton and Queensbury plus five Harrow wards
  • Queen’s Park and Regent’s Park – the Brent wards of Kilburn and Queen’s Park plus nine wards in the City of Westminster
  • Wembley and Harrow on the Hill – the Brent wards of Alperton, Northwick Park, Preston, Sudbury, Tokyngton and Wembley Central plus three Harrow wards
  • Willesden – the Brent wards of Brondesbury Park, Dollis Hill, Dudden Hill, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Mapesbury, Stonebridge, Welsh Harp and Willesden Green plus one Hammersmith and Fulham ward

The proposals do not affect council wards or councillors. The proposals do not make much sense at all and will just make MP and Council interactions even more complicated. The mish mash of wards split between different Council seats and MP constituencies are mind boggling!

If you would like more information or to respond to the consultation, please visit www.bce2018.org.uk.

Navin Shah and Sadiq Khan poll more than all the other candidates combined in Brent

London elects has released ward by ward data on the 2016 London Mayoral election results. The results for Brent show that our London Assembly Member Navin Shah and Mayoral Candidate Sadiq Khan polled more that all of the other Parties’ candidates combined with Sadiq Khan winning 51% of the vote, and Navin Shah winning 52% of the entire vote.

Mayoral 2016 breakdown

Indeed in the Assembly Member breakdown, Navin polled nearly twice as many votes (46912 -52% to 23530 -26%) than Tory candidate Joel Davidson in Brent.

AM 2016 breakdown

The ward by ward breakdown shows that Labour’s candidate Navin Shah received nearly 400 more votes than Joel Davidson in Brondesbury Park ward in Brent, where the Tory Assembly candidate is a ward Councillor.

The result means that Brondesbury Park is now a winnable ward for Labour at the next local election in 2018.

The full ward by ward breakdown can be found here LINK

Sadiq Khan is the new Mayor of London

I am truly proud of Londoners who saw real sense and overwhelmingly chose ‘son of a bus driver’ Sadiq Khan to be our Mayor.

The Tories threw whatever mud they could in a fight which has been labelled ‘dog whistling’  and ‘racist’ even by members of the Conservative Party. Despite this negative campaigning, Sadiq stayed positive and because of it, London voted for him.

I will leave you with a picture of my favourite moment from the last year. Sadiq Khan mixing Swaminarayan Khichdi at Willesden Temple. Yes We Khan

Sadiq Khan Willesden Temple

 

Navin Shah wins Brent and Harrow GLA Seat by over 20,000 votes!

Campaigning in Stonebridge

Navin Shah has retained the GLA Seat representing Brent and Harrow my an overwhelming margin. Navin beat the closest Tory rival by over 20,000 votes. Navin is much loved by all communities and has served Brent and Harrow residents selflessly over the years through his roles as a Councillor as well as an Assembly Member.

Greater London Assembly, result for the Brent and Harrow constituency:

Rathy Alagaratnam, UK Independence Party (UKIP), 9,074 votes
Joel Erne Davidson, The Conservative Party Candidate, 59,147 votes
Anton Georgiou, London Liberal Democrats, 11,534 votes
Jafar Hassan, Green Party, 9,874 votes
Akib Mahmood, Respect, 5,170 votes
Navin Shah, Labour Party, 79,902 votes

Spoiled ballots, 2,506

Kensal Green votes Labour

Last night, Jun Bo Chan (Jumbo) was elected to represent Kensal Green ward in ward by-election following the sad death of Dan Filson.

Jun Bo polled more than all the other candidates combined., securing 53.4% of the vote. Having seen him campaign relentlessly in the last few weeks, showing passion for his local ward and area, Cllr Chan is a welcome addition to the Labour Group. He is also an English school teacher so education will be on the top of his agenda and is Brent’s first Councillor of Chinese origin.

Kensal green result

Polling Day today in Kensal Green

Today is Polling Day in Kensal Green. Residents in Kensal Green Ward can vote up until 10pm today to elect a new Councillor for their ward.

Labour’s Candidate is Jun Bo Chan. He is a school teacher, so naturally education will be a priority if elected to represent Kensal Green today. He lives in the ward he is standing for and is also campaigning on Police cuts and has pledged to work with residents to tackle fly-tipping.

I’ve had the pleasure of helping Jumbo over the last few weeks and he would be a great asset to the people of Kensal Green so if you do live in the ward, Vote Jun Bo Chan!

Vote Labour on May 7th

right to voteThere’s been quite a lot of mud-slinging, negative campaigning, in the lead up to May 7th, from all political parties I must add, but polling day has finally arrived so it’s decision day for you and I will positively lay out the case for voting Labour referring to two key policy areas.

The first decision you need to make is whether to go out and vote or not. For me it’s simple, we have a moral duty to vote and it is one of the few opportunities for you to have your say on the direction of travel for your country. Politics matters and it is election outcomes that led to the creation of the NHS and the introduction of a national minimum wage.

All political parties lay out a manifesto and Labour’s sets out a clear vision to take the whole of society with us and support the next generation to succeed and deliver a NHS that is fit for the 21st Century.

You have between 7am and 10pm to vote.

Supporting the next generation and the NHS and caring for our elderly is a key issue raised on the doorstep by residents so I have picked out key promises from the Labour manifesto on these areas.

We will:

  • invest £2.5 billion more than the Conservatives to recruit 8,000 more GPs, 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives

  • guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week join up services from home to hospital, with a single point of contact for all

  • who need it give mental health the same priority as physical health, with a new right to access talking therapies repeal the Government’s privatisation plans, cap profits and put the right values back at the heart of the NHS end time-limited 15 minute social care visits and recruit 5,000 new home-care workers to support people in their home

  • introduce a new gold-standard Technical Baccalaureate for 16 to-18-year olds protect the entire education budget from early years through to post-16 education guarantee all teachers in state schools will be qualified appoint Directors of School Standards to drive up standards in every area

  • cap class sizes for five, six and seven-year-olds ensure all young people study English and Maths to age 18

  • Extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for working parents of three and four-year-olds, and ensure all primary schools guarantee access to wraparound childcare from 8am to 6pm

  • Double paternity leave from two to four weeks and increase paternity pay by more than £100 a week

The full manifesto is here

http://www.labour.org.uk/manifesto2015

Kenton by-election results

Kenton campaigning march 2015It’s been a great few weeks working with Vincent Lo for the Kenton by-election. Although the Tories retained the seat Vincent’s popularity on the doorstep clearly showed in what is a safe Tory ward by achieving a 8% swing to Labour from the local election 10 months ago.

Kenton March 2015 results

A bit of number crunching shows that the Tory share of the vote in large remained the same. Labour’s swing came from a small reduction in the Coalition party votes and a 54% decrease in the Green Party vote.

Congratulations to Michael Maurice who joins his colleagues Cllr Kansagra and Cllr Colwill as Conservative Party Councillors for the ward.