Ealing Council Elections
The evening looked to be an exciting one. There was an air of both anticipation and discomfort, where some candidates were hoping to win their first election and others were clearly expecting a lot of doom and gloom.
Many councillors in particular were all too aware of this latter point and, as such, were not in the mood for entertaining the media.
It seemed as though Labour councillors, with their already very strong 53 councillor-strong contingent, were clearly confident they’d be making further gains. After all, many of the Borough’s ‘safe’ wards were already under Labour’s tight control, including Dormers Wells and Julian Bell’s own Greenford Broadway. This is contrasted many of the more hotly contested wards, such as Cleveland, Northfields and Ealing Broadway, being areas the Conservatives were clearly quite nervous of making losses in.
The night was a long one for those involved, as we started to find at around 3am. However, it was at some point around this time that the results began to flood through. First up was Greenford Broadway, the ward of Council Leader Julian Bell. Julian clearly carried with him a subdued confidence throughout the evening, one which became fully justified when his ward’s results came through. Julian had been duly elected once more to represent his ward alongside both other Labour candidates. These results empathically stated that the residents of Greenford Broadway were, by and large, happy to remain with the status quo in this regard.
As expected, what unfolded was a Labour Council going from strength to strength. Labour managed to snag 4 seats away from the Conservatives, pushing their majority from 53 seats to 57. The Conservatives were able to hang on to some of their seats though will surely feel the sting in dropping to 8 seats. It’s important to consider that as recently as 2010 the Conservatives were in fact in control of the Borough at a Council level. Moreover, the Ealing Central & Acton constituency at least also had a Conservative MP. Certainly it seems as though Ealing Conservatives will be going back to the drawing board to work out where they went wrong, perhaps on the campaign trail, and to see what they can do going forward.
The Lib Dems managed to hold on to the 4 seats they had beforehand, though it’s up in the air as to whether this amounts to any sort of victory. On one hand, the Borough has clearly voiced its support of being under the control of Labour going forward. Despite this then, it appears as though they were able to successfully fend off the tide of Red from taking the few seats they have. Alternately however, the Lib Dems may have been hoping to make gains in wards such as Cleveland. The Party has certainly made its Pro-EU stance abundantly clear, in turn making them the only debatably mainstream political party involved to do so. They have also made use of a relatively active campaign, touching upon a number of subjects that have been evidently very important to residents and business owners alike in the Borough – such as the closures of both Ealing and Southall police stations respectively.
As the leader of Ealing Labour, Julian Bell has been voted to lead the Council for a third term. This absolute vote of confidence should have instilled him with a renewed sense of drive, knowing that such a large portion of his constituents are fully behind him. However, going forward he has a number of issues to address, including the aforesaid police station closures and problems related to the Borough’s health service. Many of these issues are of course related to budget cuts that have been implemented, and so we watch with hopeful anticipation that the decisions made in light of this are truly what’s best for those who live and work in Ealing. We at Exposure Box TV offer our congratulations to Julian Bell and wish him well going forward.