TEAM London Update
In today’s bulletin for London …
European Election Results
The final result for the London European elections saw us win 148.013 votes, being 6.73% of the total cast. Interestingly that’s very similar to the GLA result in 2012 where we won 150,447 votes (6.79%) and perhaps this shows a solid core support for the Liberal Democrats but sadly it was not enough this time to re-elect Sarah Ludford as our MEP.
Sarah has been the MEP for London since 1999 and has been a great liberal campaigner; two recent examples being her work on the European Arrest Warrant and her determined opposition to the illiberal Data Retention Directive. These successes are just highlights of the great work she has done in the name of liberalism. Alongside that she has been a frequent visitor to local Lib Dem campaign activities across the capital.
You can see the full London Euro results here.
The UK now has just one Lib Dem MEP; Catherine Bearder won a seat in the South East Region.
Local Council Results
Congratulations to the team in Sutton who managed to increase their council group from 43 to 47 but they are now the only Lib Dem controlled Council in London. Yesterday saw the delayed Norbiton ward result with one more Lib Dem councillor elected to the Kingston team, although their total of 18 down from 27 mean we’ve lost control there.
Overall the total number of the Lib Dem councillors in London is now 118, down from the previous figure of 245.
Across London many extremely hard working local campaigners have lost their seats. As well as being sad to see Sarah Ludford not re-elected, many well known names have lost out locally – Jill Fraser in Camden, Carol Caruana in Kensington and Chelsea and Nigel Bakhai in Ealing to name but three. High hopes in Haringey were dashed including the loss of leader Richard Wilson’s seat.
You can see the full London results on the London Councils site.
There are also two contests that are to be re-run over the summer due to deaths of candidates.
It is hugely disappointing to see so many great champions lose out in these elections. Our campaigns team including Chris Butler and Simon Drage have worked incredibly hard to support activity across the capital and we share their disappointment as we do for the local teams.
We mentioned at the start the comparison to the GLA elections. It’s time for a break and reflection now, and then to look at how to build on that support base for the future, including the General Election next year and the next GLA elections are just round the corner in 2016.