Labour wins control of Harrow Borough Council

Labour wins control of Harrow Borough Council

The Harrow Labour group after the election count

Harrow Borough Council: the balance of power

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Harrow Labour Party has won a majority in the 2014 local elections to take back control of Harrow Borough Council.

After a long day of counting at Harrow Leisure Centre, Labour won 34 seats to the Conservative group's 26, with independents winning two and Lib Dems retaining their single seat.

One surprise from the day was the Independent Labour group not winning anything and its leader Thaya Idaikkadar losing his seat.

Leader of the Labour group Cllr David Perry said: "We are delighted to have won a majority. A huge amount of work has gone into this campaign and now it has all paid off.

"I think now for us the hard work really begins. There are a lot of cuts we have to deal with over the next four years and the people of Harrow have put their faith and trust in us to deal with them.

"We have a great team in the Labour group and we will be aiming to work with our partners to work for those in the borough who most need help."

The new leader of the council will be decided at Harrow Council's annual meeting on June 12, after which a new cabinet will be announced.

Speaking after the final ward was declared, Conservative group leader Cllr Susan Hall said: "I am absolutely devastated by the result.

We have lost some great councillors and some great candidates missed out on a seat. We can't complain because the electorate have spoken and made their choice.

"It's time for us to roll up our sleeves in opposition. We will keep working for the people of Harrow and supporting them in any way we can.

"However in opposition we will not be able to do as much as we had hoped."

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6:03pm Fri 23 May 14

Methodman says...

Perhaps the time has come for the way we run our Council to be modernised.
Councillors are elected to represent citizens views at meetings and vote on motions that are put before them.
Less than half the electorate could be bothered to vote in these elections.
Most people these days have access to computers and the Internet.
Council meetings could be streamed live on the internet for individual citizens to vote as they see fit on issues put before them.
The number of Councillors needed to represent us could be cut by around. 90% along with the costs of paying their allowances.
Politicians of all parties in all levels of Government constantly push the mantra that 'modernisation is good' ,the technology to replace them is available now and is widespread enough to work.
Perhaps the time has come for the way we run our Council to be modernised. Councillors are elected to represent citizens views at meetings and vote on motions that are put before them. Less than half the electorate could be bothered to vote in these elections. Most people these days have access to computers and the Internet. Council meetings could be streamed live on the internet for individual citizens to vote as they see fit on issues put before them. The number of Councillors needed to represent us could be cut by around. 90% along with the costs of paying their allowances. Politicians of all parties in all levels of Government constantly push the mantra that 'modernisation is good' ,the technology to replace them is available now and is widespread enough to work. Methodman
  • Score: 8

6:08pm Fri 23 May 14

ipsofacto says...

Not being a supporter anymore of either the Labour or Conservative parties, I had to laugh at the outcome of the voting figures. The party (Labour) that got the second highest number of votes (40%) won the the highest number of seats and will be running the Borough for the next four years whilst the most popular in terms of votes (Conservatives with 41% of the vote) will be completely sidelined. Democracy is a wonderful thing - if you don't like democracy. If you see what I mean.
Not being a supporter anymore of either the Labour or Conservative parties, I had to laugh at the outcome of the voting figures. The party (Labour) that got the second highest number of votes (40%) won the the highest number of seats and will be running the Borough for the next four years whilst the most popular in terms of votes (Conservatives with 41% of the vote) will be completely sidelined. Democracy is a wonderful thing - if you don't like democracy. If you see what I mean. ipsofacto
  • Score: 3

7:47pm Fri 23 May 14

diligaf says...

Methodman, ipsofacto well said couldnt agree more :)
Methodman, ipsofacto well said couldnt agree more :) diligaf
  • Score: -8

10:32am Sat 24 May 14

laurie mac says...

lauriemac says
So despte the wrangling by socialist parties, Harrow Council now has a Labour majority. We now have four years to find if we made a right decision. In the meantime we will be spared the weekly comments by a lady who assumed the position of Council Leader. Historically she reminds one of 1932 when party squabbles led to a leader, an undistinguished ex-serviceman, being given a role in which he managed to survive for over a decade. Hopefully without undue publicity the lady will descentd into obscurity. Only her photographs in the company of Conservative leaders will remind her of a long forgotten place in history. As a supporter of her party I dfid not admire the methods they used to achieve her ambitions.
lauriemac
lauriemac says So despte the wrangling by socialist parties, Harrow Council now has a Labour majority. We now have four years to find if we made a right decision. In the meantime we will be spared the weekly comments by a lady who assumed the position of Council Leader. Historically she reminds one of 1932 when party squabbles led to a leader, an undistinguished ex-serviceman, being given a role in which he managed to survive for over a decade. Hopefully without undue publicity the lady will descentd into obscurity. Only her photographs in the company of Conservative leaders will remind her of a long forgotten place in history. As a supporter of her party I dfid not admire the methods they used to achieve her ambitions. lauriemac laurie mac
  • Score: 5

11:02am Sat 24 May 14

jackdaw says...

Methodman

Streaming Council meetings on the Internet is a really GREAT idea. Everyone could see what their councillors are saying and voting on at the meetings. People could watch it at a time to suit them as they probably do not have time to attend Council meetings in their busy lives.

Residents could see what really goes on and make informed decisions when it comes to voting. Although the politicians claim it would be good to embrace modern technology I doubt they will fund your wonderful idea.

I challenge the new Labour administration to take this on board. If they do not we will wonder what it is they wish to hide from residents.
Methodman Streaming Council meetings on the Internet is a really GREAT idea. Everyone could see what their councillors are saying and voting on at the meetings. People could watch it at a time to suit them as they probably do not have time to attend Council meetings in their busy lives. Residents could see what really goes on and make informed decisions when it comes to voting. Although the politicians claim it would be good to embrace modern technology I doubt they will fund your wonderful idea. I challenge the new Labour administration to take this on board. If they do not we will wonder what it is they wish to hide from residents. jackdaw
  • Score: 14

12:20pm Sat 24 May 14

Cllr Husain Akhtar says...

% of votes is average for the borough where some wards have significant Tory majority while in others they have been significantly rejected - so 41% is nor there or there!
% of votes is average for the borough where some wards have significant Tory majority while in others they have been significantly rejected - so 41% is nor there or there! Cllr Husain Akhtar
  • Score: -7

12:21pm Sat 24 May 14

Cllr Husain Akhtar says...

Just to clarify, I'm a councillor till 26 May!
Just to clarify, I'm a councillor till 26 May! Cllr Husain Akhtar
  • Score: -11

1:46pm Sat 24 May 14

ipsofacto says...

Cllr Husain Akhtar wrote:
% of votes is average for the borough where some wards have significant Tory majority while in others they have been significantly rejected - so 41% is nor there or there!
If we had had a system of AV/PR (and I am not sure that this is better than 'first past the post' system or not) and then we had applied a minimum of 5% (the threshold used in most of the EU) of the electoral vote to get a seat on the Council then the biggest winner of all would have been ....................
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...the Independent Labour Group!!!!!

Under the system of PR used in much of Europe, the Conservatives would have won 28 seats, Labour 27 seats, Independent Labour Group 5 seats and the Lib-Dems 3 seats. As you need 32 seats for a majority, either Labour or Conserative *would have to have done* a deal with you to get a working majority. A deal with the Lib-Dems would not have gained the 32 seats necessary to run the show. With your 5 seats you would have had significant role in the government of our Borough over the next 4 years.

Still, that is all theoretical. But the irony, of course, that the party who came second in terms of votes cast comes first in terms of number of seats won. Which is strange because it means that our democracy is, in fact, undemocratic.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Husain Akhtar[/bold] wrote: % of votes is average for the borough where some wards have significant Tory majority while in others they have been significantly rejected - so 41% is nor there or there![/p][/quote]If we had had a system of AV/PR (and I am not sure that this is better than 'first past the post' system or not) and then we had applied a minimum of 5% (the threshold used in most of the EU) of the electoral vote to get a seat on the Council then the biggest winner of all would have been .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... ...the Independent Labour Group!!!!! Under the system of PR used in much of Europe, the Conservatives would have won 28 seats, Labour 27 seats, Independent Labour Group 5 seats and the Lib-Dems 3 seats. As you need 32 seats for a majority, either Labour or Conserative *would have to have done* a deal with you to get a working majority. A deal with the Lib-Dems would not have gained the 32 seats necessary to run the show. With your 5 seats you would have had significant role in the government of our Borough over the next 4 years. Still, that is all theoretical. But the irony, of course, that the party who came second in terms of votes cast comes first in terms of number of seats won. Which is strange because it means that our democracy is, in fact, undemocratic. ipsofacto
  • Score: 1

1:53pm Sat 24 May 14

Tony950 says...

lauriemac you are so right, in regard the Lady (the word used in the widest sense), head of the Consertives in Harrow. She appears to me to a pretentious person, with her ambitions well beyond her ability. The socialists were lucky to get in 2010, with a slim majority. This loss of control of Harrow Council in 2010, by the Tories was due to the cpz and montisiing the side roads (parking zones). The lady in question has little regard for Harrow, she only recently got control of the Harrow Council, the half-wit like behaviour by the breakaway 'Independent Labour Party'. It appears to me that the Lady has pretentions to be a Tory MP. Hence, getting her friend, Boris, to come to Harrow prior to the elections. My spies tell me that she's looking for a safe Tory MP seat.
lauriemac you are so right, in regard the Lady (the word used in the widest sense), head of the Consertives in Harrow. She appears to me to a pretentious person, with her ambitions well beyond her ability. The socialists were lucky to get in 2010, with a slim majority. This loss of control of Harrow Council in 2010, by the Tories was due to the cpz and montisiing the side roads (parking zones). The lady in question has little regard for Harrow, she only recently got control of the Harrow Council, the half-wit like behaviour by the breakaway 'Independent Labour Party'. It appears to me that the Lady has pretentions to be a Tory MP. Hence, getting her friend, Boris, to come to Harrow prior to the elections. My spies tell me that she's looking for a safe Tory MP seat. Tony950
  • Score: 2

10:30am Mon 26 May 14

pravinshah1 says...

Congratulations Cllr Hall for leading your group to defeat once again which this time looks more miserable considering the Tory heavy weights visits to Harrow in a show of support to you and the Independent Labour Group (ILG) doing whatever they could do to divide the Labour votes.

I really hope there is someone in the Tory group who has guts to challenge your leadership. However, I doubt it.

Good luck in your search for a winnable Parliament seat.
Congratulations Cllr Hall for leading your group to defeat once again which this time looks more miserable considering the Tory heavy weights visits to Harrow in a show of support to you and the Independent Labour Group (ILG) doing whatever they could do to divide the Labour votes. I really hope there is someone in the Tory group who has guts to challenge your leadership. However, I doubt it. Good luck in your search for a winnable Parliament seat. pravinshah1
  • Score: -1

10:52am Mon 26 May 14

ipsofacto says...

I don't like Susan Hall either and I did not vote in the local elections. Her party, however, got more votes in Harrow than the Labour Party and some would argue that the Tories should, therefore, have more seats than the Labour which now controls Harrow not because of its popularity but becasue of a combination of the voting system with ward boundaries which (on this occasion) worked in its favour.
I don't like Susan Hall either and I did not vote in the local elections. Her party, however, got more votes in Harrow than the Labour Party and some would argue that the Tories should, therefore, have more seats than the Labour which now controls Harrow not because of its popularity but becasue of a combination of the voting system with ward boundaries which (on this occasion) worked in its favour. ipsofacto
  • Score: 5

4:54pm Mon 26 May 14

pravinshah1 says...

Tory supporters argue that they got 1% more votes in Harrow than the Labour Party and therefore, they should have more seats - but what the voters have said carries more weight, for example:

Total wards = 21

Labour votes are more than Tory votes in 12 wards – average Labour vote 16% (steady % across these wards) and Tory 10%

Tory votes are more than Labour votes in 9 wards – average Tory votes 18% (primarily because of 6 wards contributing 20% on average) and Labour 10%

Therefore, Tories have majority support only in 9 wards compared with 12 for Labour which carries more weight!
Tory supporters argue that they got 1% more votes in Harrow than the Labour Party and therefore, they should have more seats - but what the voters have said carries more weight, for example: Total wards = 21 Labour votes are more than Tory votes in 12 wards – average Labour vote 16% (steady % across these wards) and Tory 10% Tory votes are more than Labour votes in 9 wards – average Tory votes 18% (primarily because of 6 wards contributing 20% on average) and Labour 10% Therefore, Tories have majority support only in 9 wards compared with 12 for Labour which carries more weight! pravinshah1
  • Score: -5

10:23pm Mon 26 May 14

SeaBee says...

Oh well back to dirty streets and graffiti covered walls. The money will be needed to bribe the Labour supporters in readiness for next time.
Oh well back to dirty streets and graffiti covered walls. The money will be needed to bribe the Labour supporters in readiness for next time. SeaBee
  • Score: 13

10:03am Tue 27 May 14

RaynersL says...

I don't really get the criticism of Susan Hall. When the incompetent Labour Party split apart what was she supposed to do let Harrow turn into a even bigger shambles than they had already created?

All I know is that as a Harrow resident you could see the small improvements in the Borough in the 8 months the Tories were in charge. Now we're back to incompetence with reduced local services, dirty streets and I expect higher council tax bills, well done Harrow!
I don't really get the criticism of Susan Hall. When the incompetent Labour Party split apart what was she supposed to do let Harrow turn into a even bigger shambles than they had already created? All I know is that as a Harrow resident you could see the small improvements in the Borough in the 8 months the Tories were in charge. Now we're back to incompetence with reduced local services, dirty streets and I expect higher council tax bills, well done Harrow! RaynersL
  • Score: 6

2:46pm Tue 27 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Some folk take great pleasure in putting the boot in and kicking somebody who is down.That is not an admirable trait.Life is constantly changing and no day is the same.None can be so smug as to revel in setbacks suffered by another,for none can truly predict what tomorrow brings in its wake!

There is no need to dance a jig when the chips are down for someone you so obviously dislike,for what goes round,comes round. Vindictiveness only promotes hatred and damages us all.

Nobody can deny the good that Cllr Hall did manage to effect in the last eight months---getting our borough thoroughly cleaned and doing plenty to help create an environment which promotes public safety--both on our streets and in our neighbourhoods.Credi
t where credit is due!Try and be fair in your asssesment.

Disgusting,unhealthy spitting was brought to an end.So many benefit cheats,scammers,frau
dsters,cannabis growers,crooked landlords,illegal immigrants and many other categories of criminals have been brought to book under her watch.You just cannot take that away from her!

I hope our policing will supported as effectively as when Cllr Hall was at the helm.We look forward to sustaining the good policing results achieved by Borough Commander Simon Ovens in partnership with Harrow Council and retaining our hard-won position as the safest borough in London.
Some folk take great pleasure in putting the boot in and kicking somebody who is down.That is not an admirable trait.Life is constantly changing and no day is the same.None can be so smug as to revel in setbacks suffered by another,for none can truly predict what tomorrow brings in its wake! There is no need to dance a jig when the chips are down for someone you so obviously dislike,for what goes round,comes round. Vindictiveness only promotes hatred and damages us all. Nobody can deny the good that Cllr Hall did manage to effect in the last eight months---getting our borough thoroughly cleaned and doing plenty to help create an environment which promotes public safety--both on our streets and in our neighbourhoods.Credi t where credit is due!Try and be fair in your asssesment. Disgusting,unhealthy spitting was brought to an end.So many benefit cheats,scammers,frau dsters,cannabis growers,crooked landlords,illegal immigrants and many other categories of criminals have been brought to book under her watch.You just cannot take that away from her! I hope our policing will supported as effectively as when Cllr Hall was at the helm.We look forward to sustaining the good policing results achieved by Borough Commander Simon Ovens in partnership with Harrow Council and retaining our hard-won position as the safest borough in London. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: 0

3:51pm Tue 27 May 14

ipsofacto says...

"Disgusting,unhealth
y spitting was brought to an end.So many benefit cheats,scammers,frau

dsters,cannabis growers,crooked landlords,illegal immigrants and many other categories of criminals have been brought to book under her watch"

A shame she did nothing about homophobia.
"Disgusting,unhealth y spitting was brought to an end.So many benefit cheats,scammers,frau dsters,cannabis growers,crooked landlords,illegal immigrants and many other categories of criminals have been brought to book under her watch" A shame she did nothing about homophobia. ipsofacto
  • Score: -6

9:12pm Wed 28 May 14

diligaf says...

Wow nearly a week and no obnoxious comments from cllr hall come out come out where ever you are
Wow nearly a week and no obnoxious comments from cllr hall come out come out where ever you are diligaf
  • Score: -2

1:34pm Fri 30 May 14

DilipShah says...

Brent Labour council offers lessons to a Harrow Labour party that can only be described as very disappointing.

The incoming Labour council should reflect that Harrow is divided, they won only 40% of the vote the Conservatives 41%. The fact that the Labour wards are smaller is the only reason they won this election -this needs to be put right.

Less than 40% turnout, so Labour have attracted less than 15% of eligible votes.

Labour's Dave Perry has already made some noises that he intends to be confrontational with the National Government and run this as a left-wing borough. Labour has got a bad deal in recent years due to this bad attitude. Labour Harrow was one of the few London boroughs to put council tax up in 2013. He has absolutely no mandate to do this.

I hope he can learn from Mohammed Butt in Labour controlled Brent. Labour in Brent won in a landslide. They have shown what an enlighted progressive party can do. Brent has frozen council tax for 4 years -Brent council tax is lower than most Conservative broughs & a lot lower than Harrow. He has attracted a lot of money for regeneration and as a result given a facelift to Brent and created job opportunities in that borough. Fact is that Harrow used to be a better place to live than Brent 20 years ago. Now the opposite is true, the area around Wembley Park in Brent looks 21st century, in comparison the areas around Harrow town centre looks like a third world slum.

At the moment Labour Harrow seem to have learnt nothing from their past failing, I hope this changes!
Brent Labour council offers lessons to a Harrow Labour party that can only be described as very disappointing. The incoming Labour council should reflect that Harrow is divided, they won only 40% of the vote the Conservatives 41%. The fact that the Labour wards are smaller is the only reason they won this election -this needs to be put right. Less than 40% turnout, so Labour have attracted less than 15% of eligible votes. Labour's Dave Perry has already made some noises that he intends to be confrontational with the National Government and run this as a left-wing borough. Labour has got a bad deal in recent years due to this bad attitude. Labour Harrow was one of the few London boroughs to put council tax up in 2013. He has absolutely no mandate to do this. I hope he can learn from Mohammed Butt in Labour controlled Brent. Labour in Brent won in a landslide. They have shown what an enlighted progressive party can do. Brent has frozen council tax for 4 years -Brent council tax is lower than most Conservative broughs & a lot lower than Harrow. He has attracted a lot of money for regeneration and as a result given a facelift to Brent and created job opportunities in that borough. Fact is that Harrow used to be a better place to live than Brent 20 years ago. Now the opposite is true, the area around Wembley Park in Brent looks 21st century, in comparison the areas around Harrow town centre looks like a third world slum. At the moment Labour Harrow seem to have learnt nothing from their past failing, I hope this changes! DilipShah
  • Score: 0

2:11pm Fri 30 May 14

DilipShah says...

pravinshah1 wrote:
Tory supporters argue that they got 1% more votes in Harrow than the Labour Party and therefore, they should have more seats - but what the voters have said carries more weight, for example:

Total wards = 21

Labour votes are more than Tory votes in 12 wards – average Labour vote 16% (steady % across these wards) and Tory 10%

Tory votes are more than Labour votes in 9 wards – average Tory votes 18% (primarily because of 6 wards contributing 20% on average) and Labour 10%

Therefore, Tories have majority support only in 9 wards compared with 12 for Labour which carries more weight!
This is a nonsensical analysis.

What you are effectively saying is people who agree with your own view should have more weight than people that disagree with you.

Average Labour wards are smaller than average Conservative wards. This is because most of the areas that Labour won are in bad parts of the borough that people have moved out of. Harrow has been mainly Labour and is one of the few boroughs in London that has seen depopulation -people are voting with their feet a great shame!

Harrow's ward need to be corrected for what current populations are not what they were years ago. Wards need to be redrawn to even up ward size. This election result is a sham, the council that have been elected should remember that only 15% of Harrow residents voted for them (40% on less than 40% turnout) and not talk with the arrogence that their leder Perry has started speaking with already.
[quote][p][bold]pravinshah1[/bold] wrote: Tory supporters argue that they got 1% more votes in Harrow than the Labour Party and therefore, they should have more seats - but what the voters have said carries more weight, for example: Total wards = 21 Labour votes are more than Tory votes in 12 wards – average Labour vote 16% (steady % across these wards) and Tory 10% Tory votes are more than Labour votes in 9 wards – average Tory votes 18% (primarily because of 6 wards contributing 20% on average) and Labour 10% Therefore, Tories have majority support only in 9 wards compared with 12 for Labour which carries more weight![/p][/quote]This is a nonsensical analysis. What you are effectively saying is people who agree with your own view should have more weight than people that disagree with you. Average Labour wards are smaller than average Conservative wards. This is because most of the areas that Labour won are in bad parts of the borough that people have moved out of. Harrow has been mainly Labour and is one of the few boroughs in London that has seen depopulation -people are voting with their feet a great shame! Harrow's ward need to be corrected for what current populations are not what they were years ago. Wards need to be redrawn to even up ward size. This election result is a sham, the council that have been elected should remember that only 15% of Harrow residents voted for them (40% on less than 40% turnout) and not talk with the arrogence that their leder Perry has started speaking with already. DilipShah
  • Score: 0

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