Labour hold Underhill in council by-election

Labour's Jess Brayne has won the Underhill council seat by-election with 2,314 votes and a majority of 335, securing over 41% of the vote.

The turnout was 49.5%.

The results were:

Jessica Brayne (Labour) - 2314

Lesley Evans (Cons) - 1979

Phil Fletcher (Green) - 387

Duncan MacDonald (LD) - 452

Barry Ryan (UKIP) – 459

Jess, who is employed as an Engagement Officer at Equality Challenge Unit, a charity that supports the higher education sector to advance equality and diversity for staff and students, has pledged to focus her work as a local councillor on:

  • Supporting and working with community groups on local issues including campaigning for environment improvements and against cuts to public services.
  • Fighting for more affordable housing and to ensure that new developments consider and meet the needs of residents.
  • Ensuring that all residents of the Dollis Valley estate are treated fairly as the new estate is developed.
  • Ensuring good value for the council tax payer from council services - particularly contracted out services.
  • Protecting the greenbelt.
  • Making Underhill safer - working with our Safer Neighbourhood Team to cut crime, reduce anti-social behaviour and make sure elderly people feel secure wherever they live in Underhill.
  • Ensuring there are suitable facilities for young people in Underhill.
  • Addressing the many parking issues and concerns residents have.

Jess said: "I'm honoured to have have been elected to serve the residents of Underhill as their councillor. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me, and I promise to represent all residents however they voted.

“I look forward to working with the local community and my two Labour co-councillors - Paul Edwards and Tim Roberts - to get the improvements that Underhill needs."

Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "I'm delighted to welcome Jess to the Barnet Labour Group, and know that she will be a hardworking local councillor for the residents of Underhill ward.

"Today's result in Underhill shows that residents here remain unconvinced by the way the Tories are running Barnet council."

Ends.

Notes:

1. For more information about the Underhill by-election see:

http://www.barnetlabour.org.uk/labour_select_candidate_for_underhill_by_election

For more information contact:

Cllr Barry Rawlings: cllr.b.rawlings@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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