I welcome the superb Election Results
As Chair of Holborn and St Pancras Labour party, I welcome the superb results of the council elections this week. Labour were returned with an increased majority – and indeed have all the council seats in Holborn and St Pancras constituency. I think a special tribute should be given to Cllr Sarah Hayward for running a hugely effective campaign. I know how difficult running a council can be and she deserves a huge amount of credit for this and the campaign itself.
Congratulations to each of the winning candidates and all the activists who put so much of their time into making this happen. The list of people is to lengthy to thank here. When I have campaigned across the constituency, I have been so impressed by how many residents knew of and spoke highly of their local Labour councillors. This victory has clearly been four years in the making – and achieved through their efforts.
A word also for Valerie Leach, who unfortunately lost her seat in Highgate. Against all the odds, Valerie won Highgate back for Labour 4 years ago and made sure that it was winnable again. I have had the privilege of working with her and knowing her for the last 4 years and she has been a tremendous asset to the party.
Aside from party politics, I would also like to mention Cllr Keith Moffit who was Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and who lost his seat in the election. Whilst I am delighted by the result politically, I think there should always be some reflection for all of those who gave their time to the local community. Being a councillor is underrated but it is a vital form of public service. I have profoundly disagreed with Keith over the years but I have always respected him and his views. I wish him well.
The results show that residents in Holborn and St Pancras have rejected the politics of austerity and Holborn and ST Pancras Labour Party will continue to fight against the politics that seek to punish those that are most vulnerable in society. We will be putting our amendments to the Labour Party process on 27 May 2014 and I urge all members to attend our meeting. Contact me if you want to know further details.