Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Mr Perrin’s Blog: Who really won the election?

THE winning candidates in the local election held on 5th May, 2011 have enjoyed for the past 15 days or so the congratulations and back-slapping of their loyal supporters and telling us how hard they have worked for us in the past and how hard they will work for us in the future.

Some of the victorious councillors have basked in the glory of what they call their personal popularity which they believe to be justified by the “size of their majority”, yes it seems that “size” does matter to some councillors.

Despite the probability of being called a “spoiler” I would suggest that the councillors take account of the total number of votes cast in their respective wards not confine themselves to Labour/Conservative votes when boasting about their majorities. I give some examples:-

BELHUS WARD – Elected Councillor Charles Curtis Labour. Claimed majority 641. Votes cast: Labour 1034
Conservative 393
Others 575
Total 2002 = 31%
Taking account of ALL votes cast in Belhus the actual Labour majority was 66.

SOUTH OCKENDON Ward – Elected Councillor Aaron Kiely Labour. Claimed majority 87. Votes cast: Labour 1096
Conservative 1009
Others 527
Total 1536 = 38%
Taking account of ALL votes cast in South Ockendon there was no Labour majority there being a -440.

GRAYS RIVERSIDE- Elected Councillor Val Morris-Cook Labour. Claimed majority 521. Votes Cast: Labour 1036
Conservative 515
Others 412
Total 1963 = 27%
Taking account of ALL votes cast in Grays Riverside the actual Labour majority was 109.

A considerable number of people turned out to vote for candidates other than Labour/Conservative and are entitled to have their vote taken seriously and not ignored by councillors as if they did not matter. When the number of people who, for whatever reason, did not vote is also taken into account then perhaps Councillors would be wise to ask themselves why they and their Party are not as popular as they supposed. Labour Councillors should take heed of the words Ed Milliband with regard to how the Labour Party is perceived not just by the public but by its own membership.

4 COMMENTS

  1. The Election was won by First Past the Post both in terms of the actual Elections and the Referendum. In general most Thurrock Councillors of all parties will support the ideas of their residents even though said resident did not vote for them. Contact them and find out and if no joy take the matter to the Chamber.

  2. So all this analysis really confirms is that no political party won the election? Which we know already as the council is still in no overall control. The three examples given above all concern winning Labour candidates, but there are just as many examples for Conservatives. The voting system stays the same and that’s what the people voted for, so this is what we get outlined above.

  3. I was not disputing the result of the local election the headline “Who really won the election?” was not mine, it was the headline given to my blog by the Editor of “Your Thurrock”. I was merely making the point that Councillors should be less triumphful in their boasts about the “size” of their majorities and be more mindful of the fact that not only Labour/Conservative voters turned out to vote on the day but a considerable number of people turned out to vote for other candidates and their votes should not be ignored when assessing majorities. I repeat, maybe Councillors should be less concerned about their majorities and more concerned about the reasons for low turnouts which, I believe, ranged between a low of 23% to a high of 45%, allowing for the inevitable “spin” the Councillors and their respective Parties will attempt to put on the results and the low turnouts surely, even they, cannot claim they received a resounding endorsement from the voters.

  4. I noted Peter Perrin stated that Mr,Charles Curtis Labour majority of 66, which anybodys eyes is far than impressive, I feel that he should have stood for South Ockendon Ward, as he and the other Belhus ward councillors spend all there time, helping and assissting the residents of that ward, we have been neglected, for the last five years in this ward, I for one will never again vote for a labour councillor again, I have been a labour voter all my fifty years of working, and have never seen, such neglect from supposed ward councillors.
    I know where my vote will go in future.

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