Labour has increased its already towering majority on Redbridge Council to 53 after its candidates easily held all three seats at Thursday’s election in Mayfield ward, which was delayed due to the death of one of the original Conservative candidates, Iqbal Singh, in the run up to the full council elections of 5 May.
Council leader Jas Athwal topped the poll with 2,349 votes and Labour colleagues Tanweer Khan (2,148) and Vanisha Solanki (2,125) finishing second and third, while the best-placed runner up, Conservative Carol Corbin, secured only 525 votes. Turnout was 30.27%.
The result underlines the collapse of support for the Conservatives in the borough, which was Tory-run until 2009 and under no overall control between then and 2014, when Labour formed a majority for the first time in Redbridge’s history.
In 2018, Labour increased its number of seats from 38 to 51 while Conservative representation sank from 25 to 12. There are now just five Tories on Redbridge Council compared with Labour’s 58.
Photo of the winning candidates from Jas Athwal’s Twitter feed.
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