HACKNEY LABOUR is celebrating the election of Labour candidates Anya Sizer, Sarah Young and Lynne Troughton in Hoxton East & Shoreditch, Woodberry Down and King’s Park respectively. This victory follows on from an unusual campaign which began with doorstep canvassing not allowed, moving to the traditional doorstep conversations in a Covid safe way once rules changed.
Interviewed by the Hackney Citizen following the results, Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville noted that a surge for independent candidates standing on an anti-Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) platform didn’t materialise, with the Green Party coming in second in the three Labour seats, while sadly Labour’s Rosemary Sales lost a hard-fought campaign in Stamford Hill West.
He added: “Across Hackney these were highly contested by-elections with very positive campaigns led by our four Labour candidates. All four of them listened to local residents and led positive campaigns. I was really pleased to go out and campaign for all of them on the doorstep with so many other colleagues, together knocking on thousands of doors in the past few weeks.
“We did not see that surge of the independents that people were talking about, and the Greens came second in the three Labour wards, which again illustrates the importance of our unmatched leadership on climate action and sustainability in Hackney. I look forward to working with my three new colleagues as we all seek to rebuild a fairer Hackney coming out of this terrible pandemic.”
In Stamford Hill West ward, Labour’s Rosemary Sales, Councillor in the ward 2014-2018, came close to toppling the Tory candidate, with only 264 votes difference.
Residents had told Labour that the Tory candidate was not seen campaigning in the ward during the election, and had a lacklustre campaign. He also did not even attend the count.
Rosemary pledged to “continue with the fight to make a better, safer, greener Stamford Hill”, while hoping that the new Tory councillor “who I have never met, and who I have not seen at all in the campaign, will be joining with us in trying to do that”.
Reflecting on Labour’s loss in Stamford Hill, Mayor Glanville added: “It was a close-fought campaign in a Conservative held ward. Rosemary ran a really positive campaign on all of the issues around sustainability, renters’ rights, we saw her campaigning passionately on car dominance in the area, and road safety.
“All of these were issues that voters were talking about, most recently she raised the issue of the Network Rail cutback of foliage and she had campaigned with local Sandford Court residents to move the test centre to somewhere more suitable. It was clear from the doorstep that some of her biggest supporters were on those estates and the people she had never stopped campaign for.”
Anya Sizer, new councillor for Hoxton East ward, following the result, said: “This is genuinely one of the biggest honours of my life, and I’m slightly overwhelmed. I want to say thank you more than anything to everyone who marked a cross on the ballot paper for the Labour Party. This is for you.
“We are honoured and so thankful for your vote and trust in us. We will work hard every day for the residents of Hoxton East and Shoreditch. We stood right from the start as a team on a platform of positivity. That is what residents deserve – a platform and a hope of positivity.”
Sarah Young, new councillor for Woodberry Down ward, following the announcement of the result, said: “Thank you to all the people who have been out and pounding the streets. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go up and down as many stairs as this again. I really hope I can work hard enough to justify the faith that the people of Woodberry Down have put in me and I will try my very best.”
Lynne Troughton, new councillor for Kings Park ward, speaking at the count, said: “It will be a huge privilege and honour to serve the people of King’s Park. I’m looking forward to this new stage in my career. I’d like to thank all the members and councillors who did all the leafletting and door-knocking in our ward – it really paid off.
“I promise the residents of King’s Park that I will do my best, work hard for social and environmental justice in King’s Park.”
Full results: https://hackney.gov.uk/elections
15 May 2021