2014 Election

 

Our email alert of 24 May set out the results of the elections in Merton Park Ward. . . .

EMAIL   ALERTS

Merton Park Ward Residents’ Association

 

24 May 2014   

 

                     Dear Resident

 

MERTON PARK INDEPENDENTS INCREASE THEIR MAJORITY

 

In Thursday’s local election our Independent candidates increased the size of their majority in a contest with the three main parties.  Here are the results:

 

 

Share of Vote

Merton Park Ward Independent Residents

64%

Conservative Party

16%

Labour Party

16%

Liberal Democrat

  3%

 

The detailed results for Merton Park and all of Merton’s other wards can be viewed on the council’s website at: http://www.merton.gov.uk/council/voting/electionresults.htm

 

In Merton overall there was a significant swing to Labour, increasing their share of the 60 seats on the council:

 

 

2014

2010

Labour

36

28

Conservative

20

27

Merton Park Ward Independent Residents

  3

  3

Liberal Democrat

  1

  2

Election Results

With the swing to Labour, Independents no longer hold the balance of power (BoP).  BoP only arises, of course, when all the voters of the borough arrive at a close electoral result, as they did in both 2006 and 2010.  We are extremely pleased to see our share of the vote rise to 64%, from 53% in 2010.  Merton Park residents have shown they appreciate the work that our councillors do for us and want them to go on representing their interests.  They feel they have a renewed mandate to push on primary school places, get the right kind of development in Morden, defend St Helier and address traffic issues – in fact all the agenda they set out in their campaign leaflets.

 

Our councillors want to thank everyone who has helped in the campaign.  In their turn, the MPWRA committee want to acknowledge all the help that our members and friends have contributed.  Last night’s success was built on the efforts of a host of people who canvassed, distributed leaflets, put up posters, prepared campaign literature.  In the coming weeks we will be encouraging all residents to get involved so that we can build on our success.

Election Team

In the meantime several of us will be catching up on the sleep we missed at the count on Thursday night.  The Returning Officer finished announcing the results at 7am and, after final speeches, we were able to get home and crawl into bed around 9am (those of us not going to work!).

 

 

 

 

Photo: Fred Rayner, MPWIR Election Agent, Chris Stutt, Campaign Manager, Edward Foley, John Sargeant, Peter Southgate, newly elected councillors at 06.30 hrs on Friday.