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Redbridge Labour leader calls unprecedented election success “proudest moment” of his career

Friday, May 23, 2014
9:14 AM

Jas Athwal, the leader of the Redbridge Labour group, has called his party’s victory in the 2014 local election the proudest moment of his political career.

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Mr Athwal put the success down to “sheer hard work”, the effort of his team and listening to the electorate as his Labour party secured the first-ever overall majority.

Speaking after the result, he said: “An overall Labour majority has never happened before - it is a new beginning. It is absolutely the proudest moment of my career.

“We have seen the same policies for the last 12 years. Our new manifesto and policies - people have taken to it.”

Labour won 35 seats, while the Tories could mustered 25 seats. The Liberal Democrats, after failing to field a candidate in every ward, could only win three seats.

Mr Athwal was keen to dismiss claims a Labour victory was due to a protest vote by the electorate, too.

“This was not a protest vote - a protest vote only takes you so far,” said Mr Athwal.

With the general election looming large on the horizon after a tricky local election count for the politcal mainstream, Mr Athwal feels this will put Labour in good stead in 2015.

He added: “It has put a spring in our step. This result clearly gives us belief.”

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