A new Brent councillor will be chosen this week as people across the country head to the polls in national, regional, and local elections.

Residents in Brondesbury Park will vote in a third councillor in their ward following the resignation of Kieron Gill earlier this year.

The by-election takes place tomorrow (Thursday, May 6), with the result expected to be announced a day later following a count at Alexandra Palace.

Four candidates are on the ballot – Philip Alexander (Liberal Democrats), Sapna Chadha (Conservative Party), Gwen Grahl (Labour Party), and Sheila Simpson (Green Party).

Ms Grahl, who said she will stand up for local residents, believes there needs to be greater scrutiny on the potential privatisation of health clinics.

Mr Alexander said he wants to “give the ward a louder voice on the council, which has grown increasingly out of touch with local residents in recent years”.

Ms Chadha said she will seek to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in her area, improve the environment and offer more support to local businesses.

And Ms Simpson is running on the back of policies that focus on protecting social housing, trees, and green spaces, as well as the need to improve the ward’s environment and air quality.

There are currently 58 Labour councillors sitting on Brent Council, alongside three Conservative representatives and one Liberal Democrat.

At the last borough-wide local elections in May 2018, Brondesbury Park returned three Labour councillors for the first time in more than a decade.

Whoever is elected this week will join Cllr Tony Ethapemi and Cllr Erica Gbajumo in serving the ward.