Brent Party votes in London 2012 elections

There is no doubt that London election polling is different to local or Parliamentary elections. Nonetheless it is a fantastic indicator for elections. For example, the London 2008 vote in Brent North and Barnhill in particular showed us that it was possible for Labour to make substantial gains in Brent at the expense of the Tories. We were proven right and Mikey Pavey’s landslide victory on May 3rd 2012 in the Brent Barnhill by-election was an amazing triumph for Brent Labour.

Here are the results in percentages Ward by Ward. I will comment below the graph on certain key results that may have wider implications.

Alperton

In a ward where the Liberals currently have two Councillors and Labour has one, Labour polled first by miles (63.4% of the vote!). The Tories even beat the Lib Dems who came third in this seat. Labour is on course to take all three Council seats in Alperton in 2014.

Barnhill

In a usually straight Labour Tory battle, the Tory vote collapsed. The Lib Dems didn’t field a candidate in the Barnhill by-election at all but in the Party vote they polled 9.1%. My suspicion is that many Liberals who were deserted by the Brent Council Lib Dem Group voted for the Conservative Party candidate in the Council vote.

Brondesbury Park

In a ward which currently has three Lib Dem Councillors, the Liberals were battered into fourth place behind Labour, the Tories and the Greens. Well done to the greens who won 11% of the vote there.

Dollis Hill

Perhaps this was due to there being a fresh Council by-election victory for the Liberals in Dollis Hill Ward, but it the Liberals polled higher in Dollis Hill than in any other ward in Brent with 14.1% of the vote. However, they were still beaten by Labour (56%) and the Tories (16%). It is interesting though that in the Ward where the Liberal vote now appears to be the strongest in Brent, they only sneaked in a by-election victory in March 2012 by 37 votes!

Dudden Hill 

My Ward. I share this ward with one Labour Councillor and a Lib Dem. In this ward, Labour polled 54.4% and the Tories 14.8%. This means there are less Tory votes for the Liberals to prize away, as is their usual tactic.

Kensal Green

The Liberals polled well here in the last Council and general election, but came a miserable fourth in this Ward.

Kenton

In the only ward in Brent where there are three Tory Councillors, the Conservative Party did well here.

Mapesbury

The Lib Dems currently have three Councillors in this Ward but signs for a Labour gain in the future are positive. Labour membership in this Ward has spiked up since the Lib Dems entered Government and the Liberals polled third behind the Tories and Labour in this Ward.

Queensbury

In what is known as a Labour vs Tory marginal Ward, Labour won more than twice as many votes than the Tories in this Ward.

Stonebridge

This is our strongest Ward with Labour winning 78.9% of the vote. The Lib Dems were battered into fourth place behind us, the Tories and the Greens. There narrowly polled ahead of the Christian Party who won 2.9% of the vote in Stonebridge. This is 0.2% less than what the Liberals polled. This is bad news for Brent Central MP Sarah Teather who did poll better than expected in Labour heartlands in Brent in order to win the Brent Central seat in 2010.

Sudbury

Labour currently has one Councillor in this ward and these poll results show that Labour is on course to gain at least another in Sudbury. Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group Cllr Paul Lorber is in a very nervous position and it will go down to the wire for the Sudbury Council vote in 2014.

Boundary changes to Brent

The Coalition Government is proposing to cut the number of Parliamentary constituencies from 650 to 600. In London, it is proposed to cut the number of Parliamentary Constituencies by 5, from 73 to 68. Brent is going to be affected by these boundary changes.

At the moment, the London Borough of Brent lies in three Parliamentary constituency boundaries: Brent Central, Brent North and Hampstead and Kilburn. Boundary changes will see wards in the London Borough of Brent in five different Parliamentary constituencies; Harrow, Stanmore, Wembley and Perivale, Willesden and Hampstead and Kilburn.

Changes:

  • At the moment, Brondesbury Park Ward lies in Hampstead and Kilburn Parliamentary constituency. It is proposed that this Ward comes over to Brent Central. Kilburn Ward and Queens Park Ward are to remain in Hampstead and Kilburn.
  • College Park and Old Oak Ward, which is in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is to come over to Brent Central Parliamentary constituency.
  • Tokyngton Ward is to move over from Brent Central to the Brent North Parliamentary seat.
  • Brent Central is to be renamed Willesden.
  • Perivale Ward is to move from the Ealing North Parliamentary seat to Brent North
  • Brent North is to be renamed Wembley and Perivale.
  • Fryent Ward and Queensbury Ward are to move over to what is now known as Harrow East in a new Parliamentary constituency that will be named Stanmore.
  • Kenton Ward in Brent is to move from Brent North to what is now Harrow West in a Parliamentary Constituency called Harrow.

Below are web links to the new proposed constituencies:

It is worth noting that the Government are consulting on these proposals for a 12-week period, from 13 September 2011 to 5 December 2011 so these are not finalised proposals. You can contribute your comments here: LINK

The Commission will be holding public hearings across all the English regions. There will be one hosted at Brent Town Hall on Thursday 20th October from 11am to 8pm and Friday 21st October from 9am to 5pm. For more details and to register, click here: LINK

Parents still angry over tuition fees

I don’t think this will go away as an issue for a long while. I was out knocking on doors in Dudden Hill on Saturday as well as in Kenton Ward on Sunday, campaigning for Ellie Southwood’s by-election campaign.

Many parents with children and even grandparents who were concerned about their grandchildren were devastated at the Government’s decision and intention to treble fees for young people. The Lib Dem and Tory argument that it is not an upfront cost and that it’s something that they have to spend after they are working is not washing off.

Parents are aggrieved and rightly so that their children are being encouraged by the Government to take on such larger levels of debt.

Ellie May Southwood: Brent Labour’s candidate for Kenton by-election

I am delighted that Ellie May Southwood has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Kenton Ward by-election to the London Borough of Brent. The election was called following the death of Councillor Arthur Steel and the date for the by-election vote to replace Mr Steel will be on February 17th.

Ellie was born blind but that has by no means deterred her from being successful in life. She is a management consultant as well as a trustee for the RNIB in addition to being a trustee of a governor at a school for children with complex needs.

Ellie’s key pledges are to protect Kenton’s open spaces, work to put an end to local flooding problems in Kenton, fight to keep the Safer Neighbourhood Team, protect Kenton residents from Coalition cuts and to campaign for opportuniites for young people.

Ellie at a protest outside a Lib Dem MP's office over tuition fee rises

Ellie would make an excellent choice for the people of Kenton to represent them at Brent Council and I hope that she will be successful in her quest to join me as a colleague following the vote on February 17th. I will be actively campaigning to help Labour and Ellie win in Kenton.

Harrow man remanded over Neasden stabbings

A Harrow man has been remanded in custody accused of stabbing three people in Neasden.

Asad Qamar, 23, appeared at Brent Magistrates Court yesterday charged with three counts of wounding with intent and two counts of possession of a knife.

He was remanded in custody until a hearing at Harrow Crown Court on Tuesday, March 23.

A 20-year-old man was left in a critical condition in hospital after he was knifed in Aboyne Road at around 8.40pm on Saturday, March 13.

Two days earlier, at around 6pm, a 13-year-old boy and a 54-year-old woman were both stabbed in the back in seperate attacks, in the area of Neasden Recreation Ground.

The boy and the woman were taken to hospital for treatment and have since been discharged, and Mr Qamar, of Falcon Way, Kenton, has been charged with all three attacks.

Source: Harrow Times

Original Article: LINK

Area Consultation Forums

Following a summer break, Brent Council now has upcoming Area Consultation Forums (ACFs) in areas around Brent.

There are five Area Consultative Forums to give local people a say about the issues which matter to them. At each meeting, residents, businesses and community representatives are able to raise questions about services provided by the council and other agencies in Brent. Chaired by a Councillor, each area forum meeting is open to the public and is held during a weekday evening in an accessible venue.

At each meeting, there is also a ‘Soapbox slot‘ for residents to express their views and concerns about issues that affects them directly or indirectly. You may attend any forum meeting of your choice.

More information on the five forums

Take a look at each area forum page for more information including: venue, minutes from previous meetings plus dates & times of future meetings.

source: Brent Council

Whilst there is still room for improvement when it comes to actual public input for implementation, the forum still provides a useful avenue in which to collect information and know about what is happening in your area.