Image above: Amy Croft, Labour candidate elected in Chiswick Riverside
Chiswick has elected its first Labour councillor in 30 years in Chiswick Riverside, returning eight Conservative councillors across the three Hounslow wards and re-electing its three Liberal Democrats in Southfield ward.
The contests were, as expected, very close. In Chiswick Riverside there were just nine votes between Amy and the Conservative candidate who came fourth, Sebastian Wallace. Conservative Gabriella Giles was re-elected alongside Peter Thompson, a former leader of the Conservative group, after three recounts.
In Chiswick Gunnersbury all three Conservative councillors were re-elected, but there were only 23 votes between Conservative Ranjit Gill and the Labour candidate who came fourth, Emma Yates.
Labour’s Hanif Khan, former Cabinet Member for Transport at LB Hounslow, got the least votes of any of the three Labour candidates in Chiswick Gunnersbury. He said afterwards that he had been “personally repeatedly targeted” in campaign leaflets, but even so he polled only 342 fewer votes than Joanna Biddolph, who won most votes in the ward, with 1,552.
In Chiswick Homefields the Conservatives were more comfortably elected, with clear blue water of 469 votes between the highest polling Labour candidate and the lowest polling Conservative, Jack Emsley, standing for election for the first time. John Todd was re-elected with the highest vote of any of his colleagues, with 1,884 votes. Conservative group Leader Gerald McGregor came not far behind with 1,849.
Image above: returning officer and Hounslow CEO Niall Bolger
Turnout for local elections is always very low compared with general elections but turnout in Chiswick was relatively high – above 40% in all three Hounslow wards and in Southfield ward in Ealing.
Liberal Democrat councillors, Andrew Steed, Gary Busutill and Gary Malcolm were all re-elected in Southfield and the Lib Dems have taken over from the Conservatives as the main opposition party.
Conservative group leader Gregory Stafford resigned at the weekend, saying:
“After 8 years as Conservative Group Leader on Ealing Council, I have decided that it is time to step aside.
“I am immensely proud of the hard work and achievements of the Conservative Group during my time as Leader, from saving local libraries from closure, to successfully stopping tower blocks being built on the green spaces, and helping to remove the unwanted and counterproductive so-called ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’, Conservative councillors have consistently campaigned on the side of residents.”
Chiswick Riverside results
Andrea Black – Green 513
Melvin Collins – Labour 936
Amy Croft – Labour 1,064 elected
Gabriella Giles – Conservative 1,105 elected
Bill Hagerty – Green 362
Elly Lewis-Holmes – Green 455
Charles Rees – Liberal Democrat 485
Peter Thompson – Conservative 1,087 elected
Sebastian Wallace – Conservative 1,055
The number of people who voted was 2,930 out out an electorate of 7,167. Turnout 40.64%.
Image above: Joanna Biddolph, Ranjit Gill and Ron Mushiso
Chiswick Gunnersbury results
Joanna Biddolph – Conservative 1,552 elected
Helen Cross – Liberal Democrat 803
Will Francis – Liberal Democrat 840
Ranjit Gill – Conservative 1,382 elected
Johanna Guppy – Liberal Democrat 657
Hanif Khan – Labour 1,210
Ron Mushiso – Conservative 1,402 elected
Uday Nagaraju – Labour 1,215
Emma Yates – Labour 1,359
The number of people who voted was 3,645 out out an electorate of 8,927. Turnout 40.83%.
READ ALSO: Conservatives win Chiswick Gunnersbury
Image above: Jack Emsley, John Todd & Gerald McGregor
Chiswick Homefields results
Martin Bleach – Green 600
James Charrington – Liberal Democrat 646
Mark Cripps – Liberal Democrat 627
Leigh Edwards – Liberal Democrat 585
Jonathan Elkon – Green 455
Jack Emsley – Conservative 1,746 elected
Astrid Hilne – Green 488
Saroosh Khan – Labour 1,251
Mukesh Malhotra – Labour 1,213
Gerald McGregor – Conservative 1,849
John Todd – Conservative 1,884
Olivia Uwechue – Labour 1,277
The number of people who voted was 4,301 out out an electorate of 10,060. Turnout 42.75%.
READ ALSO: Conservatives win in Chiswick Homefields
Image above: Ealing’s Liberal Democrat councillors – Southfield councillors are Andrew Steed (left), Gary Malcolm (centre right), and Gary Busuttil (centre left)
Gary Busuttil – Liberal Democrat – 2,552 elected
Sophie Charman-Blower – Labour – 1310
Darryl Li-Ming Coates – Conservative – 854
Crystal Billie Eisinger – Conservative – 916
Anthony William Garrick – Conservative – 883
Chris Green – Labour – 1022
Mike Landon – Green – 886
Gary Malcolm – Liberal Democrat – 2,614
Tamoo Raza Malik – Labour – 967
Andrew Timothy Steed – Liberal Democrat – 2,585
The number of people who voted was 5,065 out out an electorate of 11,466. Turnout 44.17%.
READ ALSO: Liberal Democrats re-elected in Southfield
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