The Independent London Newspaper
23rd April 2019

Labour hail victory in by-election

    Patricia McAllister

    LABOUR is claiming ­a by-election victory in Queen’s Park on Thursday shows a major swing that will boost Karen Buck’s chances of winning her seat at the general election.
    Patricia McAllister, 50, from Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale, won the by-election, called after the tragic death of Mushtaq Qureshi, who served the ward for 15 years.
    The Paddington receptionist polled 814 votes – 63 per cent of the electorate – while the Conservative candidate Abdul Ahad polled just 211 votes or 16 per cent.
    It was the Conservatives’ lowest poll for 100 years but the the turnout for the election was far lower than normal.
    In the last council elections in 2006, almost 30 per cent of the 7,766 electorate voted.
    Labour leader councillor Paul Dim­oldenberg said: “This is a firm foundation on which to build Labour’s general election and council election campaign running up to next May. The Queen’s Park result is a massive endorsement of Karen Buck’s record as an outstanding Member of Parliament and Labour councillors’ commitment to representing local residents’ views.”
    Green candidate Susanna Rustin came third with 152 votes, and coming in last was Liberal Democrat candidate Mark Black­burn with 123 votes.
    JAMIE WELHAM

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