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New Cranham councillor celebrates ‘stunning result’

PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 May 2019

Linda Van den Hende is running as a candidate in the upcoming Cranham by-election.

Linda Van den Hende is running as a candidate in the upcoming Cranham by-election.

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The newly elected councillor for Cranham said she is “delighted” to have been elected with such a large majority.

Linda can den Hende has been elected as the new councillor for Cranham following a poll on Thursday, May 9.

She told the Recorder: "I will certainly work hard for Cranham residents during the next three years.

"In terms of priorities, the three Cranham councillors need to work as a team so I will be meeting the others soon to look at how we will work together.

"While I was out leafletting, I did notice that some roads and pavements are in a bad state, some worse that in Upminster, so I plan to see how that can be remedied.

"The council have more money for those repairs so I want to ensure Cranham gets a fair share.

"I am delighted to have been elected and with such a large majority."

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The Upminster and Cranham Residents Association candidate won with 2,421 votes, while the candidate with the next highest majority - Peter Caton from the Green Party - received just 312 votes.

Cllr Graham Williamson, chairman of the cross-group Resident Association Movement described the outcome of the by-election as a "stunning result" and one of the greatest victories in Havering's electoral history.

The full results of the by-election are as follows:

Linda van den Hende, Upminster and Cranham Residents Association: 2,421 votes

Peter Caton, Green Party: 312 votes

Ben Sewell, Conservative Party: 257 votes

Adam Curtis, Labour Party: 219 votes

Ben Buckland, UKIP Make Brexit Happen: 208 votes

Thomas Clarke, Liberal Democrat Party: 120 votes

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