Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Decisive election results in Islington

The picture says it all.  A 3.3% swing to Labour in both the North and South Constituencies in Islington, and a decisive Labour majority on the Council of 22 seats.  Labour now holds 35 seats and the Lib Dems 13. 

We no longer have any green Councillors, and the Tories failed to win any seats at all. Even in my ward, St Peters, which the Tories said they were targeting, they did not get anywhere close.  The picture shows Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn and Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry flanking Cllr Catherine West, the new Labour leader of Islington Council, shortly after the election results were announced.

As you can see from previous blogs we had massive amounts of support throughout what was an enjoyable, comradely and fun campaign.  We had a solid team of regular helpers, who came out several times a week in the run-up to the election, and on election day we had about 30 people out in St Peters alone.

After the results were announced the Lib Dems claimed we had "shipped in" help from other places which had helped us to win.  This is simply not true.  Nearly all the people who helped were members, supporters or friends who live in St Peters who wanted to see us get re-elected.  Together we contacted a huge number of people, and we had some very interesting and useful conversations on the doorstep.  We convinced our constituents to vote for us. In contrast, the Lib Dems were no-where to be seen, preferring instead to bombard people through their letterboxes with a huge quantities of dull, repetitive leaflets.  The result speaks for itself.

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