Labour win East Finchley council seat
PUBLISHED: 11:56 12 April 2012
Labour held on to a crucial council seat in East Finchley last night ahead of the London Mayoral election.
Arjun Mittra won more than 2,000 votes to get the coveted spot on Barnet Council – nearly four times as many votes as his nearest Conservative rival.
But voter turnout remained low, with only 28 per cent of residents casting their ballots.
Cllr Mittra said: “I feel really honoured to have been elected. I look forward to working with people to help them get the improvements to our area that they need.
“I believe that Barnet’s Conservative council has let East Finchley residents down - they have not listened over parking charges, road safety, and cuts to our children centres.
“They just don’t seem to care. The residents of East Finchley have sent a clear statement that it is Labour that is on their side.”
The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labour councillor Andrew McNeil, who is stepping down after six years at the town hall.
A popular children’s author and the brains behind the best-selling adult board game Kingmaker, former Cllr McNeil said he was leaving local politics to spend more time with his family.
Labour supporters today (Thursday 12) claimed the victory was a sign voters were growing disillusioned with the Conservative-run council.
The vote comes just three weeks before London decides who to elect as the city’s mayor.
The full results were as follows:
Arjun Mittra (Labour Party) - 2,117 votes
Anshul Gupta (Conservative Party) - 543 votes
Jane Gibson (Liberal Democrats) - 461 votes