Labour’s Emma Yates wins Brentford West by-election in close race with Theo Dennison

Image above: Brentford West’s newest representative Cllr Emma Yates

Former Labour Cabinet Member, Independent candidate Theo Dennison receives a higher than predicted share of the vote

Labour has regained the Brentford West ward on Hounslow Council after a tight contest in the by-election caused by Lara Parizotto standing down.

Lara was elected for Labour but resigned the party whip in October 2023 over Gaza, and continued to serve as an independent until she took the decision to stand down as a councillor altogether.

Theo Dennison

Theo Dennison, the former Labour councillor who had also resigned the whip over another issue during the previous administration, and continued to serve as an independent until he was defeated by Lara Parizotto in the last Council Elections, came close to beating Labour’s new candidate Emma Yates.

Ms Yates achieved a slim majority over Mr Dennison, beating him by just 190 votes.

Labour supporters were alarmed when they saw Theo had worked on George Galloway MP’s successful campaign in Rochdale, which made that bye-election into a single issue fight over Gaza.

A vocal critic of the Council, Mr Dennison has blasted the Labour Administration as ‘corrupt’ and said that the closure of Brentford’s Watermans Art Centre was “symptomatic of the neglect of Brentford, the secrecy of the Council, and its ineptitude.”

Mr Dennison received 798 votes.

Ruth Cadbury, Labour MP for Brentford & Isleworth, took to X to express her delight at the result. She wrote:

‘‘I’m so pleased that @EmmaJaneYates02 has been elected to represent Brentford West Ward on Hounslow Council – as she’ll be an excellent councillor and I look forward to working with her!’’

There was a 45.1% turnout at the by-election.