Sir Robin Wales wins Newham mayoral trigger ballot
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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.”
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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.