The London Green Party on their website here is encouraging their members and supporters to vote for Jenny Jones as their first choice candidate to be Mayor of London and to use their second preference vote to support Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.
Ken has welcomed the move by the Greens to support him as their 2nd preference on his campaign website here – LINK
This left wing alliance makes perfect sense to me to counter the right wing Tory Liberal alliance.
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
May 2010 Result
Feb 2011 by-election Result
Change from May election (%)
– 2.4 %
+ 2.8 %
– 7 %
– 1.5 %
+ 7.6 %
I’d like to congratulate Suresh on his victory and I look forward to working with him at the Council.