SCC election – a near miss
We had very high hopes in Woking North for M. Ilyas Raja and, but for the fact that Maybury and Sheerwater had been newly paired with Horsell East and Woodham which are 90% Tory, we would have won. However Labour gained 1305 votes, Con 1456, LibDem 672, UKIP 565, and other candidates 43.
The prospect of an imminent close shave worried the Tories so much that Jonathan Lord MP was out knocking on doors himself. Ilyas, who was a Woking councillor quite recently for eight years, is to be congratulated on an expert and hard-fought campaign. His groundwork now leaves Woking Labour on a strong footing to win back council seats at the next Woking borough elections as we won overwhelmingly in Maybury and Sheerwater.
The other three key seat candidates also put in a lot of hard work and gained as follows:
Steve Tudhope for Woking South: Lab 270, Con 963, LibDem 1449, UKIP 575 Other 75.
Akhil Shah for Goldsworth East & Horsell Village: Lab 441, Con 1343, LibDem 1249, UKIP 681.
Paul Brown for Goldsworth West & Knaphill: Lab 255, Con 1771, LibDem 716, UKIP 535, Ind 352.
A percentage analysis for this year compared with previous years will be given at the next Executive Committee on May 22nd, which as usual will be an open meeting; members and supporters are welcome to attend.
Robert Evans (right) won back Victor Agarwal's seat in Spelthorne with a whopping 35% of the vote. However, once again, Surrey County Council has just one Labour councillor.
Thank you to all those who turned out to help with leafleting, telephoning, doorstepping, and the GOTV on the day. None of it was possible without you!!!! Please come back to help next time, and all other members and supporters are urged to join us too in supporting our key-seat candidates.