Labour Euro Elections Campaign update

Euro Elections

How can you help Labour beat Farage’s Brexit Party on 23rd May

  1. First priority – make sure you can vote yourself – if you are away get a postal vote.
  2. Second priority – make sure the rest of your family and Labour supporting friends can vote.
  3. Third priority – tell people that only Labour can beat Farage’s Brexit Party and that, if they want a public vote on the final Brexit deal, it will only happen with the votes of Labour MPs – whatever the LidDems say.

Please also follow and share material from candidates on social media – details for twitter feeds are below. 

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who voted, leafleted and knocked on doors in a tough local elections campaign, the outcome of which was much better for Labour in South East England than the media would have you believe.

Candidate for Labour in Euro Elections in South East

Local Elections: 88 Labour Gains in South East England

Labour gained seats and held onto its vote share in the 2nd May local elections across South East England. A net gain of 88 seats across the region compared well to Labour’s national performance. One in three of the seats Labour gained across the country were in South East England. 

John Howarth MEP says, “Much had been made of how Brexit would affect the results. The reality is in much of the region hard working local councillors were returned and good local campaigning paid off. The Labour vote held up better than much of the media would have you believe. There were many good performances, but taking control of Gravesham, re-establishing Labour as the largest party in Milton Keynes, holding on under serious pressure to continue as the largest party in Brighton & Hove and strengthening control of Southampton are among the highlights”.

The Conservatives lost control of 12 councils – three directly to the Liberal Democrats and nine to ‘no overall control’. The Liberal Democrats made most gains in ‘all out’ elections the part of the region that had voted most heavily to ‘remain’ in the 2016 referendum. Many of these areas are not places where Labour is traditionally strong. However, Labour still picked up seats all over the region including establishing a presence on five councils where there was previously no representation: Chichester, East Hampshire. Lewes, Tonbridge & Malling and Waverley.

 

Other notable gains outside traditional areas of Labour strength were: West Oxfordshire, David Cameron’s former constituency, where another four Labour gains took the Council Group to nine councillors – our largest ever; Canterbury where seven gains took the Labour Group to ten;  Worthing, where demographic change and determined campaigning delivered five gains doubling the Labour Group; and in Folkestone & Hythe where gains in the town took Labour to six seats in a ‘no overall control’ council from a single councillor in a Tory dominated authority. In Thanet, which had suffered the chaos of UKIP and their wholescale defections and disintegration, a strong Labour Group of 20, up 16 in a ‘no overall control’ council.

 

John added:

Labour councillors are absolutely vital. They are the bedrock of the party and our key link to the community. A good, effective councillor can make a big difference for their constituents and a powerful advocate for the people they represent. Massive congratulations to everyone elected on Thursday last and a big thank you to everyone who took part in a great team effort”

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