Labour win Mark Hall by-election

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Labour have stormed to victory in the Mark Hall by-election, taking the seat from UKIP with 43% of the vote.

 

Labour’s Danny Purton will become the Councillor for the ward after convincingly beating UKIP into second place. UKIP had won the seat in May 2014 but the sitting Councillor announced his resignation shortly before Christmas, leaving the political parties to begin their campaigning in earnest despite the festive period.

 

Despite freezing temperatures during January, Labour’s team led by Parliamentary candidate Suzy Stride knocked on every door in the ward and spoke to well over 1000 residents.

 

 

Speaking after the count at Harlow’s Latton Bush centre, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow Suzy Stride said;

 

“This is a good result for Labour and an even better one for residents in Mark Hall who have voted for a hardworking campaigner in Danny Purton who will make an excellent addition to the Labour team on Harlow Council. This election shows that the momentum is with Labour in Harlow with just over 80 days left until the general election. Across Harlow, people are hungry for change from a Tory government that has let them down time and time again. The Tories and UKIP cannot offer the change local people need on the NHS, jobs, the economy and homes, Labour can and will.”

 

Party

Votes

%

Labour

586

43%

UKIP

353

26%

Tory

334

24%

Green

55

4%

Lib Dem

47

3%

 

Turnout 1378 26%

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