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Labour predicted to take control of Town Hall

May 7, 2010

It's 5.30am and Labour celebrates with re-elected MPs Emily and Jeremy and Labour Group leader, Catherine West

Labour’s team in Caledonian Ward is predicting that Paul, Rupert and Charlynne will be confirmed as the 3 Councillors for our ward once the Council election count is finally declared later this afternoon (Friday, 7th May).

The voters’ verdict in Islington’s two parliamentary seats resulted in decisive wins for Labour’s two MPs.

Alongside the Parliamentary election voters also cast their ballots for the Borough Council. The vast majority of electors yesterday cast their votes for the same Party in both the Parliamentary and Council elections.

According to the Islington Gazette’s online coverage:

“Labour has pulled off a resounding General Election victory double in Islington – winning both Parliamentary seats with increased majorities. Liberal Democrat challenges were quashed as voters re-elected long-standing MP Jeremy Corbyn in Islington North and incumbent Emily Thornberry in Islington South and Finsbury.”

That’s why Labour is predicting that its candidates will be elected in a majority of the Borough’s 16 wards.

Yesterday evening, Labour scrutineers undertook a thorough “sampling” of the ballots during the pre-count “verification” phase. Our opponents did the same thing. Both reached broadly the same conclusions.

Labour’s Paul Convery comments “Rupert, Charlynne and I watched the ballot papers being unfolded and stacked yesterday evening. We were amongst the scrutineers undertaking an informal tally and we’re pretty certain there is a clear majority to elect us in Caledonian Ward. Our colleagues at the count who scrutinised other wards throughout the Borough report a similar experience. By mid afternoon we shall have the official result and declaration. Until then, we’re keeping quiet but are cautiously optimistic”.

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