Haringey’s Liberal Democrat opposition are celebrating at the news that Stroud Green voters have given them a crushing victory over Labour in the Stroud Green council by-election. Lib Dem candidate Laura Edge stormed to victory in a sensational win which has left Haringey’s unpopular Labour party in utter disarray.
Laura Edge polled a massive 54% of the votes, leaving Labour with a disastrous 19% of the votes in a council seat they had held for decades.
The astonishing 29% swing from Labour to the Lib Dems would see every single Labour councillor facing defeat at the next council elections.
The result now places huge pressure on the Labour party in the parliamentary seat of Hornsey & Wood Green, where a neck-and-neck battle with Labour at the next general election is predicted. The Lib Dems now have 16 councillors in the area, with Labour trailing on 14.
Despite the bitter cold and icy pavements, voters came out in force to elect Laura Edge, who mounted a strong campaign on local issues and the poor record of Haringey council after 30 years of Labour control.The Lib Dem tally of 1,135 gave the party a majority of 727 over the Labour candidate, who polled 408 votes – barely one third of the Lib Dem total. Labour’s day of disaster saw just one in 20 local voters turning out to back the party in what had been a Labour stronghold in the borough
Lib Dem winner, councillor Laura Edge comments:
“I just want to thank everyone who came out to vote on such a bitterly cold day. Although, we thought we had every chance of winning, the scale of the victory exceeded our wildest expectations.
“Stroud Green voters want a different approach to that offered by Haringey Labour, and I am looking forward to working with the whole community on so many important local issues. Finsbury Park must get a better deal form Haringey, and the Stroud Green CPZ needs better enforcement.I will be working with Islington Council who are coming forward with plans for much needed investment and improvements for Stroud Green Road, and I will also be working closely with my fellow Lib Dem councillors in Crouch End over issues affecting the Broadway.”
Lib Dem Council Group leader, Neil Williams (Highgate ward) comments:
“I want to congratulate Laura on the marvellous result that she and the Stroud Green Lib Dem team have achieved. It sends the clearest possible message to Haringey Labour that local people have had enough of the Labour council, after our 30 years of Labour control, high council taxes, and poor local services.
“National issues also played a part, with Iraq coming up frequently on the doorstep. Labour have now been put on notice by the voters in both the Council, and the Hornsey and Wood Green parliamentary seat.However, today, we will be celebrating this wonderful win.”
Lib Dem Laura Edge1135 (53.7%, up 37.9%)
Labour408 (19.3%, down 20.9%)
Green403 (19.1%, down 8.8%)
Tory166 (7.9%, up 1.1%)
Swing: 29.4% from Labour to Lib Dem