May 24 2013 Latest news:
by Stephen Moore
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Labour’s Joanne McCartney kept her seat at City Hall in the Greater London Assembly (GLA) election last Friday, reaping the reward of voters deserting the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in droves.
Joanne McCartney, Labour: 74,034 (51.2%)
Andy Hemsted, Conservative: 37,293 (25.79%)
Dawn Barnes, Liberal Democrat: 13,601 (9.4%)
Peter Krakowiak, Green: 12,278 (8.49%)
Peter Staveley, Fresh Choice For London: 4,298 (2.97%)
Marie Nicholas, British National Party: 3,081 (2.13%)
Ken Livingstone, Labour: 69,399 (48.22%)
Boris Johnson, Conservative: 51,787 (35.98%)
Jenny Jones, Green: 7,615 (5.29%)
Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat: 5,959 (4.14%)
Siobhan Benita, Independent: 5,400 (3.75%)
Lawrence Webb, Fresh Choice For London: 2,253 (1.57%)
Carlos Cortiglia, British National Party: 1,507 (1.05%)
* 1st choice votes only
Ms McCartney’s vote rose by more than 20,000 compared to the previous GLA election in 2008, safely returning her to the Enfield and Haringey seat with a 51.2 per cent share of votes.
Her victory was starker still considering some 15,000 fewer votes were cast locally last week compared to 2008.
Her 74,034-vote result was well ahead of 2008’s narrow victory, where she won a third of the vote and edged the Conservative candidate to victory by just 1,402 votes.
This year was a different story for her mainstream rivals, too. Trailing behind in second place was Tory candidate Andy Hemsted, who won half as many votes (37,293, a 25.79 per cent share) as Ms McCartney and 14,000 fewer than his party managed in 2008.
The Liberal Democrat candidate also suffered heavy losses compared with 2008, Dawn Barnes down by almost 10,000 votes and just managing to keep third place (13,601, a 9.4 per cent share) from the Greens’ Peter Krakowiak.
The Green vote stayed almost static (12,278, an 8.49 per cent share) while Peter Staveley took fifth place (4,298, a 2.97 per cent share) for Fresh Choice For London and Marie Nicholas was sixth (3,081, a 2.13 per cent share) for the British National Party.
Ms McCartney said she was “honoured and delighted” by the result, adding: “Although I am disappointed we did not win the Mayoralty, it is clear that Enfield and Haringey residents voted for Labour’s alternative policies - a fairer London, helping local people struggling to pay bills through our Educational Maintenance Allowance, energy co-operative and fairer rents.
“Local people also voted to keep police on our streets, lower fares on our transport system, and safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.
“I will work tirelessly to promote these issues and stand up for the residents of Enfield and Haringey.”
Labour was the outright winner in the London Mayoral race among voters in Enfield and Haringey, with Ken Livingstone taking 48.22 per cent of first-preference votes compared to Boris Johnson’s 35.98 per cent share.
Voter turnout was down by eight per cent on 2008 at just 38 per cent, reflecting the London-wide average.
The count was almost scuppered before it began at Alexandra Palace last Friday, as routine maintenance to the building’s fire alarm system led to a 16-minute power cut, just eight minutes before counting started. It left the process and its 3,500 staff two hours behind, but they caught up in time to announce the results before 9pm.