Redbridge has spoken and Jas Athwal – Leader of Redbridge Council – led Labour to another huge win with gains Churchfields, South Woodford, Bridge and Fairlop. Now I’ve had a few hours sleep there are a few things I’d like to reflect on.
Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who voted and especially to those of you who voted Labour. We will repay your trust through hard work.
Secondly, even in victory – especially a big victory – it’s important to remain humble, as Jas told Labour members last night. We’re not perfect, and there are many things we want to improve in our Borough, so there’s no room for complacency.
Thirdly, I’d like to pay tribute to all those unsuccessful last night. The Conservative candidates, in particular, worked hard and did so against a very challenging national backdrop of Boris Johnson’s leadership. Those defeated include long-standing councillors Sue Nolan and Robert Cole, who have given many years of dedicated public service to residents, and Howard Berlin, who I first met through the Oakfield campaign before his election in 2018. They deserve our thanks.
The new Labour Group on Redbridge Council is our largest and most diverse ever. We’ve elected more women and we have people of all faiths and none, a range of ages, backgrounds and experience. They’re drawn from across the whole Borough and will serve the whole Borough.
Finally, I want to say something about our leadership. I was proud to serve as Jas Athwal’s deputy for 4 years and I’m proud of the team we’ve built together. He’s one of the most decent and honest people I’ve ever worked with and his commitment to our Borough knows no bounds. We would not have achieved any of this without him. We’re a great team and I’m proud to have campaigned alongside the brilliant activists who worked hard in recent weeks.
We’re ambitious for Redbridge and now it’s time to get back to work to deliver results for residents.
You can find the full results here: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/…/2022-local-election…/