Alongside yesterday’s mayoral election Ealing held a by-election for the Greenford Broadway ward where ex-Labour group leader Sonika Nirwal resigned due to the the birth of her second child.
The ruling Conservative group on Ealing council increased its majority by 2 today when Maureen Crosby was elected. It was a really close result:
Maureen Crosby, Conservative 1790
Tim Murtagh, Labour 1770
John Maycock, Lib Dem 529
20 votes! Still not as close as 2006. In May 2006 the current Conservative candidate Maureen Crosby was only beaten 1408 to 1400 votes by Sonika.
Apparently 4,180 people voted, a total turnout of 38.24%. Pretty disappointing considering it was a closely fought mayoral campaign plus a by-election.
Ealing Council now has 43 Conservatives, 23 Labour and 3 Liberal Democrats.