Labour have won the Ealing Southall by-election with a reduced majority. The Liberal Democrats were in second, with a net 5% swing from Labour, and the Conservatives came third, their result largely unchanged from last time. Minor candidates all lost their deposits.
Ealing Southall results: from the BBC
Virendra Sharma (Lab) 15,188 (41.48%, -7.28%)
Nigel Bakhai (LD) 10,118 (27.63%, +3.19%)
Tony Lit (C) 8,230 (22.48%, +0.91%)
Sarah Edwards (Green) 1,135 (3.10%, -1.52%)
Salvinder Dhillon (Respect) 588 (1.61%)
Dr Kunnathur Rajan (UKIP) 285 (0.78%)
Yaqub Masih (Ch P) 280 (0.76%)
Jasdev Rai (Ind) 275 (0.75%)
John Cartwright (Loony) 188 (0.51%)
Sati Chaggar (Eng Dem) 152 (0.42%)
Gulbash Singh (Ind) 92 (0.25%)
Kuldeep Grewal (Ind) 87 (0.24%)
Lab maj 5,070 (13.85%) 5.24% swing Lab to Lib Dems
A result that broadly reflects Tuesday’s prediction although I believe most observers expected a slightly smaller majority. I suspect a short campaign and the Conservative performance explains much of that. Until Tony Lit was exposed as a Labour donor, it seems likely they were advancing. That story put that in reverse with the Liberal Democrats taking over the mantle as official opposition, but not soon enough to make it close.
It’s be both fun and exhausting monitoring this by-election. I have to say, given some quite late nights on this, it impresses me deeply how many people write blogs daily for months at a time, not just a few weeks. This blog won’t be continuing, but I may consider another in future, that is when my other half starts speaking to me again.
Congratulations and thank-you to all the candidates and volunteers who have put your time into our area, congratulations again to Virendra Sharma MP for winning, Nigel Bakhai for advancing and Tony Lit for being interesting.
This is Ealing Southall Watch, watching you, watching us, signing off…