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Southend Labour local election candidates 2018


Belfairs – Taylor Barrall

Blenheim Park – Laurie Burton

Chalkwell – Sean Jones

Eastwood Park – Ros Sanders

Kursaal – Matt Dent

Leigh – Michelle Williams

Milton – Cllr Cheryl Nevin

Prittlewell – Jennifer Beck

Shoeburyness – Greg Keane

Southchurch – Martin Berry

St Laurence – Janet Phillips

St Luke’s – Ian Pope

Thorpe – Jack Reason

Victoria – Cllr Margaret Borton

Westborough – Cllr Kevin Robinson

West Leigh – Hillary Scarnell

West Shoebury – Tom Murray

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Southend-on-Sea local election results 2015


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Party Votes Percentage Seats before Seats after Change
CON 34,725 39.0% 19 22 3
LAB 16,963 19.1% 9 9 0
IND 12,560 14.1% 13 11 -2
UKIP 9,023 10.1% 5 5 0
LD 8,796 9.9% 5 4 -1
GRN 6,181 6.9% 0 0 0
Turnout 88,953 62.17%

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Meet Southend Labour’s local election candidates 2015


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The times are changing, we are told. The “new politics” means that the smaller parties are a serious force, rather than just a protest vote or an unfunny joke. Their branches in Southend, though, haven’t seemed to have gotten the message. For the local elections, only three parties are fielding a full slate of 19 candidates: The Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, and Labour.

This is the second Labour slate of which I have been a part, and I am once again struck that we have the very finest people in the borough. Southend Labour Party are committed to offering a fairer, progressive choice, grounded in reality, to make this town the very best it can be.

With Labour as part of the council administration for the first time after fourteen years of Tory rule, we are getting things moving in the right direction. New housing stock is being built. Vital services like libraries, children’s centres, and care homes have been protected. And with schemes like the Southend Energy Company we are taking action to help people struggling with the cost of living crisis.

There is only one choice, on May 7th, for a better Southend. Vote Labour.

Meet the Candidates…

Southend-on-Sea local election candidates 2015


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Nominations for the local elections in Southend-on-Sea closed at 4.00 p.m. yesterday. A third of the council seats are up for re-election in addition to two by-elections. This means that there are 19 seats up for election in total. The election will take place on May 7th, and the deadline for registering to vote is 20th April.

Below is the breakdown of the numbers of candidates standing by party, and the full list of nominated candidates.

Party Seats for re-election Seats contested Overall Seats
Conservatives 11 19 19
Independent 3 15 13
Labour 3 19 9
UKIP 1 8 5
Liberal Democrat 1 19 5
Green Party 0 18 0

(A note on Independents: some independents are more independent than others. Not all of the independents on the ballot paper are part of the official Independent Party Group. Some are genuine independents, such as Lucy Courtenay in Chalkwell, and some seem to be Independent UKIP, such as Alex Moyies in West Shoebury. I will be looking into and trying to clarify this.)

Meet the Candidates…

Jay Woods for West Leigh


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Picking up my thread of candidate announcements, post-budget, I’m pleased to announce that the Labour candidate for West Leigh at the 2015 Southend local elections will be Jay Woods.

This is Jay’s first time standing for election, and it’s a pleasure to have him on the team. Jay lives in Leigh, and I know he is very keen to offer an alternative to the Conservatives’ complacency and lack of imagination or ideas. And if what my little birds tell me about the Conservative incumbent (Georgina Phillips, for those lacking an encyclopaedic knowlegde of Southend Borough Councillors -Ed) and her general lack of popularity with her colleagues, many in the Conservative group might well welcome Jay’s victory…

At any rate, I know that residents of West Leigh in choosing Jay on May 7th, would be choosing a bold, radical and optimistic future for the ward and for Southend.

How to lose friends & alienate people – Southend Tory edition


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Having blogged only yesterday about the volatile relationships between members of Southend Borough Council’s Independent Party Group, it seems that they aren’t the only ones with a talent for losing friends and alienating people.

You wouldn’t believe the things which find their way to my inbox. A lot of spam and Nigerian princes with millions of dollars, mostly, but occasionally something interesting appears. Today, for instance, it seems that a member of the Conservative group has seriously annoyed a Liberal Democrat councillor.

Nothing especially surprising there, but causing enough offence to prompt a particularly aggrieved complaint to John Lamb, local Conservative leader, is something of a slightly different order.

Read on…

Predictable election ends predictably


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On Thursday, the voters of a safe Conservative ward in Southend-on-Sea went to the polls in a by-election. When the ballots were counted, the Conservative candidate was returned as the new councillor representing the ward.

By the numbers, you might say.

Except, that bare bones overview doesn’t quite show the full picture of what happened in West Leigh ward this week.

Read on…