Search

Local Elections 2014: Labour win majority in Redbridge for first time ever - full report

11:11 23 May 2014

Votes being counted after polls closed at 10pm on Thursday evening

Votes being counted after polls closed at 10pm on Thursday evening

Archant

Labour has taken control of Redbridge Council for the first time in the borough’s 50 year history.

In a tense count that lasted all night, the party altogether gained 14 seats, including eight from Conservatives, five from independents and one from the Liberal Democrats. Despite ending the night with four fewer councillor than when it started, the Tories won three seats off Lib Dems in Roding and Church End.

Redbridge’s new council will be made up of 35 Labour councillors, 25 Tories and just three Lib Dems.

Labour group leader Councillor Jas Athwal said the victory marked the “proudest moment” of his political career as his party made significant gains in the north east of the borough and wiped out independent candidates who defected from Labour last year.

Cllr Wes Streeting, who is also Labour’s candidate for the Ilford North parliamentary seat in next year’s General Election, tweeted: “We’ve done it! We’ve won a Labour majority for the first time in the history of Redbridge!!!!!!! #labourgain”.

Swings to Labour in the wards of Hainault and Aldborough, which sit in the Ilford North constituency, provide encouragement for the party as it gears up to try and win it from Conservative Lee Scott in 2015.

Labour MP Chris Bryant tweeted: “Redbridge results show Cllr @wesstreeting well placed for 2015.”

Before today, Hainault ward had been split between two Conservatives and an independent. Aldborough was split between Labour and Tories. Now both wards have a full complement of Labour councillors.

In other interesting results, Council leader Cllr Keith Prince held on to his Barkingside seat, and the Lib Dems lost seats to the Tories in the wards of Roding and Church End.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Candice Steen, a volunteer at the night shelter last year, serving food to Carine Vunabandi. [Picture: Anja King/The Savour Tribe]

Homeless people will not be left out in the cold this winter, thanks to the return of a charity initiative.

Troy Townsend and June Kelly posing with England manager Roy Hodgson (right) during the FA 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

Claims teenage footballers were subjected to “monkey actions and noises” during a match are being investigated by FA chiefs.

Imran Mohiuddin with Mohammed Asif, chairman of FORMO, and their collections from the winter campaign in 2013

A Muslim organisation is calling for all members of the public to donate food and money to its homeless shelter campaign.

15:01
Cllr's Paul Merry and Sheila Bain show concerns over City airports proposed flight plans

Opponents campaigning against plans to concentrate flights over parts of Redbridge will be urging the council to join calls to halt the proposals at a meeting tonight.

Most read news

The club said the reaction following their decision to allow Evans to train had been at an intensity they did not anticipate.

The celebrity chef is embroiled in a bitter dispute over the contract for the lease of one of his restaurants.

The Labour MP has apologised after posting a photo of a house draped with three red-and-white Cross of St George flags on the day of the Rochester and Strood by-election.

It’s all part of a Nato training exercise.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition