Islington’s Euro election results

I’m back home from Islington’s Euro count after the declaration just after 9pm.

In fact the count had been over, and the result had shared with agents and ready to declare for about 20 minutes by then, but could not be revealed until the Euro polls closed at 9pm. So we had the surreal scene of the counters all gone, the tables and chairs cleared, and just the returning officer, a couple of staff, and a dozen party activists standing around – plus the caretaker jangling his keys – as we awaited the declaration.

The main Islington borough numbers are as follows:
Labour 12,428
Green 8,551
LibDem 8,167
Cons 6,170
UKIP 2,639
BNP 1,488

I won’t enumerate all the other minor parties and independents!

These numbers are borough-wide. Our ‘box counts’ sampling individual polling districts show that Lib Dems came second to Labour in the Islington South and Finsbury constituency, with Greens doing particularly well in Islington North where they have their councillor.

The Greens are up, UKIP are down, and BNP did badly; but the main party percentages (and the turnout) are largely unchanged from the last Euro results in Islington. Labour will no doubt be delighted to have held their own, given their very poor results in other parts of the country.

The Greens have the most to celebrate, so it’s ironic they were not at the count to witness it. In our canavssing, we picked up a lot of Green votes who wanted to vote for a non-Westminster party this time, because of the expenses scandal. And of course the Greens benefitted from the PR voting system for Europe – no ‘wasted’ votes this time.

As I’ve been writing this, Labour’s Lord Adonis (himself an Islington resident) has been on the TV saying that the non-Westminster parties have benefitted from protest votes at this election but will lose ground to the three main parties when the General election comes.

Being the most pro-EU of the main parties, has sadly not always served the Lib Dems well. I can remember Euro counts when we came 5th… this time I canvassed many people who are normally Lib Dem voters who said they were voting UKIP or abstaining this time because they are Euro-sceptics, but will vote Lib Dem in the next election: so we’re actually pleased with the result which confirms we are the challengers to Labour in my constituency.

I don’t know what expectations the Conservatives had of the Islington results, but they don’t seem to have benefitted from the upsurge in Tory support elsewhere. The results certainly nails Labour’s lies that the electoral battle in Islington is between Labour and Conservatives.

Now Islington’s numbers go into the London-wide pot for the capital’s Euro results. We should certainly see Sarah Ludford re-elected, although it’s not yet clear whether or not we have got Jonathan Fryer in as a 2nd London Lib Dem MEP. Watch this space…..

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3 Comments »

  1. LUCIA PUGLIA said

    THERE IS ONLY ONE ‘LORD’JESUS CHRIST’.MY GRANDFATHER TOLD ME ,NEVER TO FORGET ‘YOU ARE BORN NOBLE.THE LABOUR BIRTHING ALL THIS …………MAY THEY END IN THE RUBBISH TIP.

  2. Caroline Calzon said

    what blatant lies. Lib Dem fared badly at the euro election. They failed to pick up extra MEPs while UKIP benefited from the sleaze and corruption engulfing MPs of all parties. To my great sorrow the former Islington MEP has been reelected for want of another candidate. How many people in Islington have heard of Sarah Ludford, and more important what does she actually do in Brussels apart from picking a hefty salary like the rest of the M EPs from all parties? As to next year’s election anything is possible. What I fail to understand is why a former Islington Lib Dem deputy leader who has been giving her marching orders at the last local election, is resurfarcing as a prospective parliamentary candidate for Islington?
    Hopefully people won’t be fooled and will sent her packing.

  3. Lucia Puglia my dear sister Amen for those words AMEN..

    THERE IS ONLY ONE HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS SON JESUS CHRIST (right arm) WILL SAVE US.. BELIVE DONT LET YOUR GUARD DOWN BELIVE. IT IS SO NEAR.. JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME AND THE DEVIL WILL GIVE HIS POWERS TO THE ANTICHRIST, THEN THE TWO WITNESSES (MOSES AND ELIJAH) WILL APPEAR START WITNESS/Prophesy Revelation 11:3 IN THE FIRST 3 1/2 YEARS THEN THE ANTICHRIST “LITTLE HORN” WILL KILL THEM BOTH THEN AFTER 3 1/2 MORE YEARS GODS VOICE FROM HEAVEN IN JERUSALEM Revelation 11:12 WILL SAY INFRONT OF 7000 PEOPLES IN JERUSALEM AND INFRONT TVs ((((RISE))))
    THEN JESUS CHRIST WILL COME

    Amen Hallelujah Amen

    now i say like LL cool J – (Paradise, is very nice)

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