Ealing Southall By-election

Southall’s blue revolution

The two main local papers took different approaches to the by-election this morning. The free Ealing Times used their whole front page for this piece, click to enlarge cutting from the Ealing Times below:

Southall's blue revolution

Although the Ealing & Acton Gazette pointed to their election coverage inside their front page carried a human interest story.

On pages 4 and 5 they covered the defections and the supposed communal nature of some of these. The rest of the spread is given over to lengthy statements from the main six candidates.

Their editorial says:

No election is without its drama, but the Ealing Southall by-election seems to have thrown up another tale of betrayal or defection every day.

One of the most interesting things about the fierce campaigning around the Broadway is the way Labour are having to fight for support – without Gurcharan Singh they can no longer rely on his block vote, although insiders say they wish local Conservatives luck handling him.

David Cameron says his new brand of conservatism is the natural home of British Asian people

The result of next Thursday’s election will also be seen as a measure of the degree to which Labour has lost its traditional connection with ethnic minorities.