By-election good for Elephant

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Friday 13 February 2004 3.58pm
Good news for the Elephant regeneration that the Lib Dems held onto their seat in the Walworth by-election yesterday.
I'm not a party member, and am no great fan of the council in its present form; but if the Lib Dems had lost the ward to Labour, the hung council would have fallen, and the regeneration scheme would have gone back to the drawing board.
I'm still spitting with disgust that the Labour candidate tried to stir up opposition to the project on the Heygate, saying there had not been enough consultation. It was basically a scaremongering campaign for opportunist political reasons, and it would have set the regeneration back years.
It's very nice to see that voters told him where to get off.
Friday 13 February 2004 4.10pm
For those who cast their votes in the area south of the Old Kent Road that now confusingly gets known as East Walworth.

Jane Salmon was elected last night (12 February) as a councillor for East Walworth ward.

The full results were:

Julie Dawn Crawford (Independent?) : 11 votes.
Ruth Jenkins, Green Party candidate: 82 votes
Philip Geoffrey Hurry Riches, Conservative Party candidate: 86 votes
Jane Salmon, Liberal Democrat Focus Team candidate: 1477 votes
Rhodri Thomas, The Labour Party candidate: 978 votes.

The turnout was 32.4 per cent

Edited to add: That turnout figure is actually surpringly high for a council by-election - it would be interesting to know whether the controversy on the future of the Heygate estate brought people out.

Post edited (13 Feb 04 16:32)

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