Labour win in Maybury and Sheerwater
Mohammed Ilyas Raja stormed home in the May 22nd Council elections to win Maybury and Sheerwater for Labour. With 1208 votes, he comfortably beat the 955 tally achieved by his nearest rival, Tory Nadeem Ali Zaffar, and notched up nearly five times the 255 votes cast in favour of LibDem candidate Norman Johns. UKIP's Judith Squire came in third at 428.
Ilyas's victory was the result of months of hard work by Labour supporters in the ward. The turnout was over 41%, well above the average for the borough and a testament to residents' commitment to people power. The result brings to an end the centre-right monopoly of local government in Woking and sends a clear message from Woking's most deprived ward that Maybury and Sheerwater cannot be ignored any longer.
Ilyas has an ambitious programme as a Councillor, but he also has the experience and the ability to carry it out. Among other aims, he intends to campaign for a living wage; to ensure that Sheerwater residents get their say in the Regeneration Scheme; to call the Council to account for failing to ensure developers build 50% affordable homes within mixed developments; and to fight excessive rents and force landlords to give tenancy contracts.
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