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.

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.

News of the Week: Eleven weblinks from the week just gone, recommended by me

  1. Four in 10 Lib Dem voters would not vote for party again.
  2. Con Dem Government welcome former banker Stephen Green to the Government. Tom Watson MP tweets Blimey. When Mr Osborne said he’d take on the bankers, I didn’t know it meant he’d make them ministers.
  3. Charity Shelter claim that almost 54,000 children already living below poverty line will be pushed even further down by housing benefit changes.
  4. The Coalition Government distance itself from a pledge made by the previous Labour government to abolish hospital car park charges in England.
  5. The head of the Police Federation today said “a touch of ideology” and bad advice to government from thinktanks had left the police service facing cuts that could leave up to 40,000 officers out of a job.
  6. London Mayor Boris Johnson concerned that Con Dem immigration cap policy will affect London’s economy.
  7. London Assembly member Jennette Arnold highlights Mayor Boris Johnson’s take on the ConDem cuts and recommends that Boris Johnson should vote for Labour.
  8. Odds shorten on Ken Livingstone winning the London Mayoralty in 2012 (Not that I’d want to promote gambling!).
  9. Boris’ Best Bits. As the Mayor of London announced his intention to run as the Tory candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral elections, Left Foot Forward looks back on Boris’ best bits.
  10. Theresa May forced to answer questions over phone-hacking claims.
  11. Lib Dem Vince Cable to press ahead with the sale / privatisation of Royal Mail