As I commiserated with ex-councillor Vlod Barczuk tonight he quoted American political fixer Dick Tuck who said:
The people have spoken, the bastards.
Vold has been a great councillor and Ealing has lost a good servant. Vlod is not the first person to use this quote. Ealing North MP, Stephen Pound used it himself on Radio 4 here.
Tonight, after a stupidly long count (it took until after 9.30pm to get the last result out for Walpole ward) it emerged that control of the council had passed from the Tories to Labour, see results here. Labour won 40 seats, with the Tories on 24 and the LibDems on 5.
All three Northfield councillors were re-elected with very comfortable majorities, see here. Thanks to all Northfielders who voted for us.
Congratulations to the Labour group on their achievement in Ealing and to our three new MPs; Virendra Sharma re-elected in Ealing Southall for Labour, Stephen Pound and the new Tory MP for Central Ealing and Acton, Angie Bray.
I am very disapointed that the Tories have lost control of the council. We consistently got good feedback from our residents in Northfield so we do find it a bit perplexing to be chucked out. No doubt we need to listen harder in future.