Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Southend 2018 and how we can change who runs the town



Winners in the last three electoral cycles


2014
2015
2016
Belfairs
Con
Con
Ind
Blenheim Park
UKIP
Con
Con
Chalkwell
Con
Con
Con
Eastwood Park
Con
Con
Con
Kursaal
UKIP
Lab
Lab
Leigh
LDem
Con
LDem
Milton
Lab
Con
Lab
Prittlewell
UKIP
Con
Con
Shoeburyness
Ind
Con
Ind
Southchurch
Ind
Con
Con
St Laurence
UKIP
UKIP / Con
Con
St Luke's
Ind
Ind
Ind
Thorpe
Ind
Ind
Ind
Victoria
Lab
Lab
Lab
West Leigh
Con
Con
Con
West Shoebury
UKIP
Con
Con
Westborough
Lab
Lab
Lab

Only seven of the seventeen wards have seen the same victor in all three years, which leaves the ten where it would be fair to say there is likely to be some uncertainty as to who will win in 2018.

Without defections the Conservatives would not have a majority in the chamber. As it is, their majority is a slim three. Two gains from the Tories would see no overall control, and then a coalition of the other groups is a certainly a possibility.

Where are the Tories vulnerable? They are only defending four seats, and each is safe. However, if you count the defections then they are vulnerable in Blenheim Park and St Laurence, and that is enough to remove them from office. Let's do it.

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