Ken Livingstone polled more than all other candidates put together in Brent!

 

Specific data released on the London Mayoral 2012 elections has revealed that former Brent East MP Ken Livingstone polled more than all the other candidates put together. Ken Livingstone won 54% of first preference votes, winning 22% more votes in Brent than the eventual winner of the overall election Boris Johnson who won 32% of the vote in Brent.

The vote spells bad news for the Liberals who’s candidate Brian Paddick only polled 5% in Brent.

There was more encouraging signs for Labour as Brent and Harrow London Assembly Member Navin Shah was the highest polling candidate in every single Ward in Brent. There is a huge drop in Lib Dem in Brnet with them coming an embarrassing third and even fourth in some wards where they have three Councillors!

I’ll blog further on this later.

Navin Shah storms to victory in Brent and Harrow

In Brent and Harrow, our Labour London Assembly Member Navin Shah stormed to victory, increasing his majority from 2008 to nearly a whopping 30,000 votes.

Candidate

Party

Votes

%

+/-

Navin Shah

Labour

70,400

48.5

11.3

Sachin Rajput

Conservative

40,604

28.0

-8.2

Charlotte Henry

Liberal Democrats

15,690

10.8

-1.6

Shahrar Ali

Green Party

10,546

7.3

0.7

Michael McGough

UKIP/Fresh Choice for London

7,830

5.4

3.4

TURNOUT: 145,070

 (Source: BBC)

However, the great Ken Livingstone who served as my MP in the old Brent East seat was unable to gain the London Mayoralty against Boris Johnson. Nonetheless, the result was closer than expected.

In his speech after the result, Ken stated his intention not to stand for elected office again. He has been an asset to London throughout the years and will be remembered for being a great political figure in London. Regardless of your view of Ken, he has had a revolutionary impact on the City and will be considered part of the political fabric of London for many years. 

Navin’s thumping re-election is great news for Labour in Brent and Harrow and I’m sure he will continue to be a formidable Brent and Harrow London Assembly Member.

VOTE LABOUR

Polling stations are now open all around the country. I am encouraging all to get out and vote… and vote well (by that I mean Labour of course!)

In London we have elections for the Mayor of London where Ken Livingstone is the Labour Party candidate. Those who want to give a first preference vote to a candidate other than Boris and Ken can still give Ken Livingstone their second preference vote and these will count towards the final result.

There are elections for the Greater London Assembly and Navin Shah is the Labour candidate for Brent and Harrow. In addition there is also a vote for a Party and I am also encouraging people to vote Labour on the list ballot paper.

Voters in Barnhill ward in the London Borough of Brent will also have an opportunity to vote in a Council by-election. Labour’s candidate for this election is Michael Pavey who will be a formidable colleague on Brent Council if elected on May 3rd.

London Needs Ken

Compare Ken’s response to the 7/7 bombings to the Boris response to the London riots.

London needs a serious Mayor for serious times who can provide leadership. Not Boris, who is too preoccupied with his main job as a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and has no time to be an effective Mayor for London – and does not care enough to cut his luxury holiday short to fulfil his duty as Mayor of London to provide assurance to the City after major events such as the riots last summer.

Vote Ken Livingstone for a real leader for London!

Residents in Brent now need a take home household income of over £3,857 a month to afford a typical two-bedroom home in the area

Shelter
Shelter (Photo credit: markhillary)

The Charity Shelter has revealed that rises in the costs of renting means that “residents in Brent now need a take home household income of over £3,857 a month to afford a typical two-bedroom home in the area.

Renting has often been thought of as the cheap alternative to home ownership, but over the past year rents in the capital have risen at nearly twice the rate of wages, meaning that London voters are struggling.”

Labour’s candidate for the London Mayoralty, Ken Livingstone has said that he will establish an all-London non-profit making lettings agency which, by cutting out Estate Agents’ profit, will help reduce rents and provide secure tenancies, and will campaign for a London Living Rent – no Londoner should pay more than a third of their income in rent.

For Ken’s webpage on Housing, click here – LINK

Green Party endorse Ken as second preference candidate

Ken Livingstone
Ken Livingstone (Photo credit: E01)

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.

More police cuts in Dudden Hill

Last week, Dudden Hill lost yet another dedicated Police Community Support Officer. There is no plan to replace Community Support Officers in Brent. Dudden Hill are set to lose another in the next few months, meaning that in total, we will be down to three Safer Neighbourhood Team members working the whole ward.

This will mean that Dudden Hill has one Sergeant, one PC and one PCSO, when we should have one Sergeant, two PCs and three PCSOs. This means that Dudden Hill has lost 6,240 hours worth of frontline policing because of Tory Liberal cuts.

Dudden Hill Labour Councillors are working together to combat the challenges we both face and working in partnership, doing more with less for our residents.

Labour’s candidate for the London Mayoral election, Ken Livingstone has pledged to reverse police cuts in London – LINK

 

More Jubilee line misery this weekend

London - Moving Tube London - 550d
(Photo credit: @Doug88888)

More incompetence from the Mayor of London yet again, failing to deliver for Dudden Hill residents who continue to be deprived of a weekend tube service. This is addition to the troubles that commuters faced this morning when the line was part suspended.

I recall a conversation I had on the doorstep with one of my residents who lives on Aberdeen Road who said that she had factored into her life that she doesn’t have a weekend tube service.

We were told that we would have no more weekend closures on the Jubilee Line. With the line not operating between Willesden Green and Stanmore this weekend, this promise has failed to materialise. Boris Johnson has lost his grip on the issue and it’s time that we had a Mayor that truly cares about our transport system.

That is why it is important that Ken Livingstone is elected as the Mayor of London on May 3rd as he is an individual that studies the detail, and takes a hands on approach to the Mayoral office rather than being one that poses for press and photo opportunities.

Frontline Police cuts are unacceptable

An article in the Independent has revealed that nine out of ten police officers lost because of Tory Liberal cuts were to the frontline.

In Brent, we know this is true as we have lost Police Sergeants in Brent as all were made to reapply for their jobs so that spending targets could be met.

At a Brent Council Partnership and Place Committee Meeting I revealed that even losses to back office staff to the domestic violence team in Brent meant that frontline staff were spending time they would otherwise spend helping people, doing paperwork and desk office functions.

The anwers I received reveals that even back office cuts has a profound impact on frontline services.

Labour Candidate for the London Mayoralty Ken Livingstone has pledged to reverse Boris Johnson’s cut of 1,700 police officers.

Even Margaret Thatcher knew that when times are hard, there should not be cuts to Police because crime usually goes up in a recession.

The Tory Liberals are failing to learn from their own idols.