Labour seal Redbridge election victory

Redbridge Labour finalised a historic election victory on Thursday night, winning more than 90 per cent of the borough’s council seats.

The final three local election winners were decided at a count for Mayfield ward last night, which had been postponed for three weeks following a Conservative candidate’s death.

Mayfield councillor and Labour group leader Jas Athwal was re-elected for a third term, along with Vanisha Solanki and newly-elected councillor Tanweer Khan.

Labour is believed to have secured the largest majority of any party in Redbridge electoral history, beating the Conservative majority of 55 out of 60 seats in 1968.

Speaking at Redbridge Town Hall, where the count was held, Jas Athwal said Labour would work hard over the next four years and prioritise the cost of living crisis.

He added: “You never take anything for granted, you always have to earn the trust of residents.

“Will will make sure the promises that we have made, we deliver, so that in four years time we don’t have to work as hard and so that residents have complete faith in us.

“We as a society are not of out the woods yet, we’ve got a lot to do.”

Cllr Athwal is expected to be formally re-elected council leader at the first post-election meeting on Monday, 30th May.

Labour now holds 58 of Redbridge’s 63 council seats, with the shrinking Conservative group losing seats for the third election running.

Average voter turnout in the election was 33 per cent, six percentage points less than in 2018, with the highest turnout in western wards such as Churchfields, Wanstead Village, South Woodford and Monkhams. Turnout was lowest in south-eastern wards such as Goodmayes, Valentines, Loxford and Ilford Town.

Despite winning only five seats, the Conservatives won 32 per cent of votes across the borough, while the Liberal Democrats won 4.9 per cent, Greens won 2.4 per cent and independents 1 per cent.

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Josh Mellor

Local Democracy Reporter