LONDON ELECTION 2012: Conservatives retain Wimbledon Park ward


Linda Taylor won with 1,837 votes to Labour’s 931 on a day that saw Labour celebrate big wins across the country.


By Gemma Ellis and Helen Wright

The Conservatives have retained their seat in Wimbledon Park ward with a significant win.

Linda Taylor won with 1,837 votes to Labour’s 931 with a result that bucks the national trend on a day that saw Labour have celebrated big wins across the country.

Taylor succeeds Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon who resigned in March after ten years as a councilor representing Wimbledon Park residents.

Lord Ahmad said he resigned to concentrate on his commitments as a member of the House of Lords as the first Muslim life peer in the UK.

Ms Taylor said via twitter: “Thank you for everyone who voted for me in Wimbledon Park and to the many who supported me. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Labour’s Louise Anne Deegan fought Ms Taylor for her seat and tweeted after the result saying: “Huge congratulations to @lindactaylor and @mertontories – they ran an excellent campaign and Linda will be an excellent candidate. Well done.”

She also thanked her supporters by saying: “I would like to thank everyone in Wim park for their support. I didn’t win, but I will work and support you, thank to all who voted for me.”

Liberal Democrat candidate Dave Busby wasn’t far behind the Ms Deegan, securing 838 votes and running third but this result was poor compared to last year’s vote of 1548.

A voting turnout of 48.1% was seen across Wimbledon Park Ward a significant decrease on last years 66.31%.

Conservative – Linda Taylor 1837
Labour –  Louise Anne Deegan 931
Liberal Democrats – Dave Busby 838
Green Party – Alan Crowhurst  253

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