Search

Local Elections: Romford Conservatives triumph over Ukip defectors

12:00 31 May 2014

Alby Tebbutt

Alby Tebbutt

Archant

An impressive 20 out of Romford’s Conservative “Team 21” won seats as the party’s newcomers saw off its older rivals.

Team 21Team 21

An impressive 20 out of Romford Conservative “Team 21” took council seats as the party’s newcomers saw off its older rivals.

None of the six ex-Romford Conservative Association (RCA) members who defected to Ukip this term following a bitter rift in the group managed to get re-elected.

Losers included the current mayor Cllr Eric Munday and deputy mayor Cllr Lynden Thorpe.

Former RCA councillor and political veteran Alby Tebbutt, who revealed he had been invited to join Ukip by its leader Nigel Farage, was beaten by his Tory enemies.

Cllr Osman Dervish, who upon becoming chairman at the RCA expelled Mr Tebbutt from the association, was elected in the Pettits ward - beating Mr Tebbutt by more than 500 votes.

“They may think they had a huge amount of personal following but it wasn’t enough to topple the Conservative vote,” Cllr Dervish said.

“I’m very pleased we’ve managed to stave off any threat from Ukip. This shows what happens when you get proper Conservative message across to local people.”

Despite losing out, Mr Tebbutt described the result as “fantastic” after receiving a considerable share of the votes in the Tory stronghold.

He added that he had “no ambition to go back as a councillor”.

“My main objective was to sort out Andrew Rosindell [Romford MP] and his colleagues who have destroyed the Conservative party which I have worked for my whole life,” he said. “It’s fantastic if I can get nearly 1,400 votes there.”

Havering’s Ukip leader Cllr Lawrence Webb also celebrated Mr Tebbutt’s result.

He said: “That was one of the Tory’s safest seats but Alby was about 400 votes from the Tories.”

He believes that his party has made the ward a “marginal seat”.

Cllr Munday, who is the longest continually-serving councillor, said that a “wealth of experience” has been lost from the council.

“Whole swathes of people who know the score have now gone,” he said.

Read more:

Romford Tories relish election challenge of Ukip ‘deserters’

Conservative Mayor of Havering Cllr Eric Munday defects to Ukip

Local Elections: The rise of Ukip - party to contest every ward in Havering

Latest Romford Stories

Yesterday, 22:46
West Ham United's Michail Antonio scores his side's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup, fourth round replay match at Upton Park, London.

Defender Angelo Ogbonna scored his first goal for West Ham to head the Hammers through in the last minute of extra time

Yesterday, 21:42
Josh Passley of Dagenham & Redbridge is shown a red card (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Wycombe Wanderers 2

Yesterday, 17:00
Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Urchins manager angry with team after loss at Cheshunt despite bright early period

Tony Cottee

Our Hammers columnist Tony Cottee thinks his old team Leicester can win the title

Yesterday, 15:00
Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Keeper remains calm as Dagenham & Redbridge approach crucial period

Yesterday, 18:18
One of the Cessna light aircraft used to import drugs

The trusted lieutenant of a drug smuggling mastermind has been jailed for 23 years after £33.5million of cocaine was brought into Britain by air,

Yesterday, 13:00
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge boss discusses Chairboys fixture and Nosworthy’s retirement

Yesterday, 17:13
Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Queen’s and King George hospitals

The trust running King George Hospital has insisted a timeline for downgrading the A&E has not yet been drawn up.

Results

Romford

  • Andrew Rosindell (Conservative)
    25,067 (51.0%)

Hornchurch and Upminster

  • Angela Watkinson (Conservative)
    27,051 (49.0%)

Dagenham & Rainham

  • Jon Cruddas (Labour)
    17,830 (41.4%)

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe