Friday, May 08, 2015

Play Time

Election over and we have a new Member of Parliament, Wes Streeting, here in Ilford North. Congratulations to him and commiserations to Lee Scott and the other 4 candidates. There may be another election shortly in Aldborough ward if Wes steps down from his role on the council, but we don’t know for certain yet. There is a precedent. When Lee Scott was elected in 2005 he also was a Redbridge councillor and didn’t step down, but then there was only one year to go. Currently there are three years before the next locals, so it seems quite likely.

So, back to mundane issues affecting us here in Barkingside. We have a lot of housing to make space for in our borough and we don’t want to sacrifice valuable, high grade and well-used sports areas like the Oakfield site. Here’s a couple of pictures taken during the week.


12 comments:

  1. They knew it would be close in the battle for Ilford North and Oakfield was high on the list of local issues. We had Lee Scott defending Oakfield in the final week and then Jas Athwell crying foul play (in a letter sent on Wed) blaming the conservatives as the reason it's on the preferred list at all. Now Wes has won I hope he's more vocal than he has been and pushes back against Boris and the build at all costs policy.

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  2. Congratulations to Wes Streeting, a narrow win but a win nevertheless!
    This election has left us with another five years of Toffocracy but this time unconstrained by coalition. Now we shall really find out what hardships they’re capable of inflicting. Oddly enough, I must admit there are some redeeming features to the outcome. We’ve finally disposed of our toy-town ‘Deputy Prime Minister’ a high office appointment which was entirely without merit, mandate or competence, the odious George Galloway has been deposed and Boris is back to turn the whole she-bang into a Carry On movie. I suppose you couldn’t ask for more. And it’s always possible that by the end of the session Nicola Sturgeon’s acolytes will have the entire government wearing kilts.

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  3. Many congratulations to Wes and many thanks to Lee for his hard work in the last decade. Many thanks to both of them for a campaign conducted in a highly civilised manner.

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  4. One thing I always remember, in any Poll taken in this Borough about "Why did you move to Redbridge?"..... the top answer was usually "because it's got such lovely green spaces"..... Let's just ponder on that for a second?

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  5. It is correct,Wes Streeting won the Ilford North Seat for Labour.

    The Lib-Dem demise and UKIP achieving over 4000 votes, helped Labour gain this seat for the next five years.

    A 589 majority,will be easy to beat in 2020.So this young Wes,maybe looking for a different constituency to fight,in 2020.

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  6. For clarification above, the Lib-Dem. vote in 2010 was 5966 votes.
    In 2015,it dropped dramatically,to 1130 votes.Many of these votes I am sure went to Labour.

    Therefore,with the UKIP bounce in 2015 in Ilford North, one can see,why the Conservatives lost in Ilford North in 2015.

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    1. There is no way of knowing for sure how the collapse in the LibDem Vote and the UKIP bounce affected the totals of the two main contenders. It is a secret ballot. However:

      1. The pollsters report that the LibDem vote fractured in all directions with a sizable chunk (counter-intuitively) going to UKIP.

      2. The BNP did not stand this time and UKIP are likely to have picked up most of their vote

      3. Evidence suggests that the UKIP vote draws more from Labour than Conservative

      4. Conservative rebels in the Euros last year are likely to have reverted to Conservative as that was/is the only way to get a EU referendum

      Conclusion: The "Vote UKIP get Labour" mantra was/is False.

      The real reason the Conservatives lost in Ilford North was because Labour put in the effort on the doorstep and the Conservatives didn’t. Simples.

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  7. So our newly-elected MP continues to hold the portfolio for Health and Well-being on the Council?

    He would seem ideally placed to put a stop to the selling short of amenities like Oakfield playing fields.

    Just like the Glasbury activity centre.

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    1. Our newly elected MP is now a back bench councillor who does not draw any councillor allowance.
      The new Cabinet and portfolios for 2015/16 were announced last week and can be found on Redbridge-i
      http://www2.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/the_council/public_meetings/the_cabinet.aspx

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    2. Glasbury and oakfield... both gone.

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  8. Will we ever see Weasely again in the Fairlop Oak?

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