Poll analysis shows that Havering is looking to the right
�A detailed breakdown of how Havering voted in the London Assembly elections was released this week – and it is good reading for the Conservaties and UKIP but terrible news for the Lib Dems.
Despite fears the economic situation could hurt their showing, the Conservatives topped the poll in Havering for the London Mayor, assembly constituency and assembly party list vote.
Tories grabbed the most votes in all but three Havering wards, and mayoral candidate Boris Johnson won in every ward in the borough.
Cllr Steven Kelly, deputy leader of the Conservatives on Havering Council, said: “We’re obviously delighted. I think it’s a reflection of the real strides forward we’ve made in the borough, including holding council tax down and making it a better place to live.
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“I’d like to say thanks to everyone who helped the campaign. It was a lot of hard work, but you don’t just win it in the month before – it was because of the previous four years.”
Labour increased its vote by about 10 per cent but only topped the poll in three wards – Heaton, Gooshays and South Hornchurch.
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UKIP candidate Lawrence Webb said his party is targeting seats on Havering Council after finishing third in the party list vote, and third in the mayoral vote in the borough.
The anti-EU party’s share of the London Assembly vote went from 5.5 per cent in 2008 to 11.8 per cent this year.
Mr Webb told the Recorder: “Havering is a very good area for UKIP. People are becoming increasingly aware that each and every one of us is paying for the bail-out of Greece.
“We will build on this. We’ve got local elections in 2014 which will coincide with the Europe an elections and, if we are clever with what we do, there’s every possibility we will win one or two seats on the council.”
Lib Dem candidate Farrukh Islam finished ninth out of nine candidates in the constituency assembly vote in Havering.
He polled just 1,200, or 1.7 per cent, trailing all other candidates – even fringe parties like the National Front, English Democrats, BNP and Greens.
Residents’ Association candidate Malvin Brown was third in the assembly constituency poll in Havering.
He got the second highest number of votes in the Upminster and Cranham wards – long-time RA strongholds on Havering Council.