Politics

Southend Local Election Results 2014


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The votes have been cast, the polling stations are closed, and the counting has begun! Time to find out who has won where!

Here is the overview of how the elections played out:

Party

Seats before Election Seats gained Seats lost Overall final number of seats
Conservative 26 0 7 19
Liberal Democrat 9 0 4 5
Independent 9 4 1 12
Labour 6 3 0 9
Unaligned 1 0 0 1
UKIP 0 5 0 5
Green 0 0 0 0
National Front 0 0 0

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Read the results ward by ward…

Vote now, Vote Labour


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As this post goes up, the polls are opening.

Yes, it’s time to go and vote. You. Yes, you. Get down to your polling station and put your cross in the box next to a name.

For the next fifteen hours you have the choice of who represents you, in Europe and in your local government. And frankly, you’d be a fool of Russell Brand proportions not to.

Obviously I would advise you vote Labour, particularly if you live in Southend — the best local candidates, with the best policy platform in the town. But whoever you are inclined to vote for, remember that it only matters a damn if you don’t actually vote. The results are decided by those who vote, and there has been enough news coverage of a certain party that all progressive, fair-minded people should fear what could come about if they don’t cast their vote.

So go. Vote. Vote now, and vote Labour.

Caroline Endersby exemplifies the Independents’ idiocy


 

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Another day closer to the election, another example of the independents hawking their particular brand of contradictory political nonsense to the people of Southend. Today I snapped the above picture in St Luke’s ward, coming over the bridge over the railway at the western end of Eastern Avenue.

Placards like these are apparently a big way in which the Independents campaign. Results seem to suggest that this is a fairly successful method — there are nine eight independents on the council — but for the life of me I can’t tell why. There is no reason on this board for anyone to vote for Caroline Endersby. And from what I have seen of her leaflets, they don’t offer any reasons either.

Read on…

Watch the wheels fall off the Farage bandwagon


nigel farage on the take

I imagine many will have already seen this video, of UKIP leader Nigel Farage being interviewed by LBC radio’s James O’Brien, but in my opinion everyone should watch it before heading to the ballot box. I’ve seen more interviews with Farage than I ever care to again, but this is the first time that an interviewer has put to him the questions which I shout at the screen each and every time.

Farage fails to account on numerous fronts: the various unsavoury members of his party seeking election to public office; the xenophobia and ofttimes subtle (and sometimes decidedly unsubtle) racism he and his party spread; and the lingering suspicion around his use of expenses and EU funds. Don’t forget, this is a man who takes some £78,000 of your money for a job that he can’t even be bothered to turn up to (more than) half the time.

Watch the interview in its entirety (minus the two minutes of adverts on the front), and see Farage finally be confronted and scrutinised as any politician should. And note just how much it seems to worry his spin-doctor…

How Labour was cut out of the Shoebury hustings


shoebury hustings

When I blogged about Monday’s Shoebury hustings, back on Tuesday, I focused on the questions (question?) asked, and the answers given (or not) given by the two candidates. In short, I focused on the debate that actually happened.

What I didn’t dwell on, and perhaps I should have done, was the debate which didn’t happen.

Read on…

Vote Southend 2014: what does a vote for Labour get you?


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Voting day is almost upon us, and the date to remember for the local elections across England is 22nd May. In Southend-on-Sea, there is everything to play for. For the first time in many years, control of the council hangs in the balance. In 2014, your vote counts more than ever to shape the future direction of the town. The main parties pitching their platforms are the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Independents, UKIP, and of course Labour.

So what are the Labour Party offering the voters of Southend in 2014?

Read on…

Vote Southend 2014: what does a vote for the Tories get you?


conservatives

Voting day is almost upon us, and the date to remember for the local elections across England is 22nd May. In Southend-on-Sea, there is everything to play for. For the first time in many years, control of the council hangs in the balance. In 2014, your vote counts more than ever to shape the future direction of the town. The main parties pitching their platforms are the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Independents, UKIP, and of course Labour.

So what are the Conservatives offering the voters of Southend in 2014?

Read on…

Are the Echo backing the Indie candidate in Westborough?


southend civic centre

When the leader of the Independent Party Group, Martin Terry, decided not to stay in Westborough for a hopeless stand, but rather to flee across Southend to the electoral safety of Thorpe, I genuinely wondered whether the Independent Party Group would field a candidate.

I mean, Martin has salted the ground for any candidate pretty thoroughly, and has surely tainted the official Independent banner in Westcliff. He essentially declared that his ego was more important than the voters he was supposed to be representing. Then he threw a slightly inept smoke bomb, and tried to sneak out the back.

However. For every thankless task there is a taker. Cometh the hour, cometh Independent Party Group candidate for Westborough: Alan Hart.

Read on…

And we’re off!


southend civic centre

With the local elections this year being later than most due to the European Parliament elections (the vote usually occurs on the first Thursday in May), today has seen the publishing by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council of the notice of election. This marks the “official” start of the election campaign — I say official, but all parties have been laying the groundwork for months. Would-be candidates have now 10 days to get their nomination papers in — with the signatures of 10 nominators living in the ward and on the electoral roll — by 24th April.

There are eighteen seats up for election — one in each of the seventeen wards in the borough, and an extra in Westborough which Independent Martin Terry has vacated in his flight to Thorpe — of which 11 are Tory-held, 5 by the Lib Dems, 1 Labour and 1 Independent.

Most local political commentators — both enthusiastic amateurs like myself, and those sitting on the council — are expecting upheaval after this election. The Conservative majority stands at 1 presently, and they are almost certain to lose a number of seats on May 22nd. What this means for post-election Southend will depend on how the dice ultimately fall, and what alliances can be made as a result.

So there is a lot to play for; expect a lively campaign.

38 days to go.

Leader of Independents on Southend Council resigns!


martin terry

Sadly, Martin Terry isn’t renouncing politics, and becoming a monk.

No, this is the next step in the ongoing saga of Independent Party Group Martin’s flight to the safer climes of Thorpe ward. On Friday, he gave his written resignation into the council, and formally ceased to be a councillor representing Westborough ward. This isn’t exactly a surprise, as he had declared his intentions to do just so a few months back.

Read on…