Sir Robin Wales wins Newham mayoral trigger ballot
- Credit: Newham Cll PR
Sir Robin Wales has been re-selected as the Labour candidate for the Mayor of Newham 2018 election process.
The current mayor won a total of 20 votes to 17 among Labour wards and affiliated organisations in the affirmative nomination process known as trigger ballots.
Despite a majority of 11 out of 20 wards voting for an open selection process, Sir Robin swept to victory by way of the affiliated organisations – made up of trade unions and socialist societies – which voted 11 to 6 in favour of keeping him.
Sir Robin said: “I am pleased to have received the support of a clear majority of Newham Labour party wards and affilliates.
“This result allows Labour in Newham over the coming weeks and months to focus on what really matters – to get on with delivering the priorities of the residents of Newham, to continually improve our strong local services and to take the fight to the hard right Tory government.”
The affiliated organisations voted as follows:
Voting yes were USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) with 1 vote, Fabian Society with 1 vote, TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association) with 1 vote, GMB union with 4 votes, Christians on the Left with 1 vote, BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union) with 1 vote and CWU (Communications Workers Union) with 2 votes.
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Voting no were Unison with 1 vote, West Ham Women’s Forum with 1 vote, CWU with 1 vote, Newham Co-op with 1 vote and Unite with 2 votes
The detailed results for Labour wards are as follows:
Beckton: Yes 16, No 3; Boleyn: Yes 3, No 36; Canning Town North: Yes 17, No 21; Canning Town South: Yes 6, No 8; Custom House: Yes 7, No 6; East Ham Central: Yes 29, No 31; East Ham North: Yes 20, No 23; East Ham South: Yes 26, No 8; Forest Gate North: Yes 13, No 30; Forest Gate South: Yes 34, No 21; Green Street East: Yes 5, No 32; Green Street West: Yes 36, No 32; Little Ilford: Yes 23, No 36; Manor Park: Yes 29, No 28; Plaistow North: Yes 27, No 17; Plaistow South: Yes 12, No 19 Royal Docks Yes 11, No 1; Stratford & New Town: Yes 11, No 34; Wall End Yes 20, No 18; West Ham: Yes 8, No 20
The total number of ward votes equalled 353 for yes and 424 for no. In Manor Park a first vote declaring a tie of Yes 30, No 30 was re-run with the second vote resulting in Yes 29, No 28.