Labour top despite slump
by Roxanne Blakelock Despite taking a pummelling at the Euro-polls nationwide and seeing their vote drop 24 per cent locally, Labour remain the best supported party in the borough. Results announced on Sunday evening saw Labour support in
by Roxanne Blakelock
Despite taking a pummelling at the Euro-polls nationwide and seeing their vote drop 24 per cent locally, Labour remain the best supported party in the borough.
Results announced on Sunday evening saw Labour support in Brent fall from 20,504 in 2004 to 15,583 this time.
The Conservatives were second in the borough, but their vote fell by 19 per cent from 14,859 in 2004 to 11,994.
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Liberal Democrats are celebrating after seeing their vote rise 5 per cent, but they just missed taking second spot from the Tories.
They ended up on 11,370, up from 10,810 in 2004.
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The British National Party finished eighth, a source of comfort on a night when they claimed their first Euro-seats in the north of England.
Cllr Ann John, Brent Council's opposition Labour leader, said: "Of course I am pleased that Labour is still the first choice of Brent residents even in the most difficult of times.
"Fortunately, the people of Brent and across London have once again rejected the fascist BNP and that is by far the most important aspect of the election result in London".
Dawn Butler MP for Brent South said, 'I would like to thank all residents who voted for Labour last Thursday.
"This is a difficult time for politics but we in Brent should be proud that we have sent a clear message that there is no place for divisive fascism or negative politics in our area.
"Our community is our strength and I look forward to us working together to make a positive difference."
Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat MP for Brent East, said: "This has been a disastrous night for Labour.
People have sent a strong message that they are extremely concerned about the direction of our country and want to have their say on the failed policies of this government. Gordon Brown needs to call a general election."
Liberal Democrat Cllr Chris Leaman, said: "Voters have been clear that they support Sarah Teather's decision to reject public money to pay for a second home.
"Labour are in deep trouble here in Brent. They ran a negative and defensive campaign, mired in scandal and allegations about the misuse of taxpayer's money.
"Gordon Brown's Labour party has nothing positive left to say to the people of Brent."
Across London fewer people overall visited the ballot box as 1.7 million turned out to vote last Thursday, from an electorate of 5.2 million compared to 1.9m votes from an electorate of 5.05m in 2004.
The number of seats in the capital had been reduced by one from 2004 for the election from nine to eight. The ninth elected in 2004 was a Labour member and the results this time reflected that change. All other parties retained all their seats.
The Labour Party 15,583
Conservative Party 11,994
Liberal Democrats 11,370
The Green Party 5007
Independent - Jan Jananayagam 4867
United Kingdom Independence Party 3240
Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship" 1974
British National Party 1250
No2EU: Yes to Democracy 680
Socialist Labour Party 540
English Democrats Party 435
Independent - Sohale Rahman 350
Jury Team 340
Pro Democracy: Libertas.eu 249
Independent - Steven Cheung 137
Yes 2 Europe 131
The Socialist Party of Great Britain 113
Independent - Gene Alcantara 106
Independent - Haroon Saad 95
Conservative 479,037 27.4 (+0.6) 3 seats
Labour 372,590 21.3 (-3.5) 2 seats
Liberal Democrats 240,156 13.7 (-1.6) 1 seat
Green Party 190,589 10.9 (+2.5) 1 seat
UK Independence Party 188,440 10.8 (-1.6) 1 seat
British National Party 86,420 4.9 (+0.9)
Christian Party-Christian Peoples Alliance 51,336 2.9 (+2.9)
Independent - Jan Jananayagam 50,014 2.9 (+2.9)
English Democrat 24,477 1.4 (+0.6)
No2EU 17,758 1.0 (+1.0)
Socialist Labour Party 15,306 0.9 (+0.9)
Libertas 8,444 0.5 (+0.5)
Jury Team 7,284 0.4 (+0.4)
Independent - Steven Cheung 4,918 0.3 (+0.3)
Socialist Party of Great Britain 4,050 0.2 (+0.2)
Yes 2 Europe 3,384 0.2(+0.2)
Independent - Sohale Rahman 3,248 0.2 (+0.2)
Independent - Gene Alcantara 1,972 0.1 (+0.1)
Independent - Haroon Saad 1,603 0.1 (+0.1)