Conservatives win Chiswick Gunnersbury

Image above: Joanna Biddolph, Ranjit Gill and Ron Mushiso

Conservatives Joanna Biddolph, Ron Mushiso and Ranjit Gill have been re-elected in Chiswick Gunnersbury (previously Turnham Green) ward.

In a very close fight they beat the nearest Labour candidate Emma Yates by just 23 votes.

It was obvious early on that it would go to the wire. Once all the ballot papers had been counted on which voters had cast all three votes for the same party, the Conservatives were 200 ahead.

They then started counting the votes of electors who had chosen candidates from different parties. For a while it was a very close run thing whether Labour’s Emma Yates or Conservatives’ Ranjit Gill would win.

Emma, 40, who has been working for the Labour party as a volunteer since she was ten, was standing for the first time.

“I want to thank everyone who put their trust in me” she said.

She is the Labour candidate who has come closest to being elected in Chiswick Gunnersbury / Turnham Green ward for 30 years.

Image above: Joanna Biddolph, Ranjit Gill and Ron Mushiso

Reporting by Matt Smith

“A mandate to review the cycle lane” – Ron Mushiso

Hanif Khan, former Hounslow Cabinet Member for Transport, whose job it was to install the cycle lane and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, was also visibly disappointed, though he said he would “live to fight another day.”

He told The Chiswick Calendar the cycle lane issue meant there was a block vote against him. There were spoilt ballot papers with ‘No Cycle Lane” written on them.

He said the “smear campaign” of several leaflets personally targeting him had had their desired effect.

Ron Mushiso told us it was much tighter than he expected. He said they now had a mandate to review the cycle lane.

“The electorate has spoken and they couldn’t make it any clearer. The cycle lane needs to be reviewed. The cycle lane has been put to a petition in the past.  Residents have tried to feed back on it before and the petition wasn’t taken seriously.

“Now we have a mandate for a review. TfL need to review the design and leave all options on the table.”

“A very hard fought campaign” – Joanna Biddolph

“It was a very hard campaign, because Chiswick has been divided for so long and we really need to think about how we can bring the community together… I hope that the three of us are able to do that.”

“We’ve got continuity, we’ve been in the job for four years working really hard and I hope residents understand we have been working on their behalf and we’ll carry on doing so. We’ve certainly got no intention of doing any less.”

On Hanif Khan’s accusation of a smear campaign and his assessment that a block vote against the cycle lane was the reason for his loss, she said:

“I don’t know how he would think of a block vote to that, everyone votes as an individual. I got no sense of anything on the doorstep other than individuals having one-off conversations with us.

“And whilst a lot of people talked about it they talked about other issues as well. So I can’t see how anybody would organise a block vote.”

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