Westminster Conservatives successfully won the recent Marylebone High Street ward by-election, taking nearly 60% of the votes.
Councillor Iain Bott, a dentist who works on Marylebone Road, came out victorious with 921 votes. Councillor Bott was followed by Labour Party candidate Nik Slingsby who took 203 of the votes.
The newly founded ‘Fighting for Space for People’ Party candidate Yael Saunders came in third with 184 votes, highlighting just how important some issues are for local residents. Despite large gains seen in local elections in other parts of the country, UKIP candidate Paul Mercieca finished fifth after the Liberal Democrats, whilst Green Party candidate High Small finished last with just 50 votes.
The Labour Party attempted to put a positive spin on the ‘3% swing to Labour’ despite finishing substantially behind the Conservatives. Labour candidate Nik Slingsby said,
‘I would like to congratulate Iain Bott on his victory and to thank all my supporters and campaign team for a magnificent effort. The swing to Labour, together with the big vote for the Marylebone Residents candidate, shows the extent to which the Council’s plans for Moxon Street and Luxborough Street have divided the community. There is still time for the Council to pull back from its current plans and to listen to the community.’
The election results can be seen below:
Conservative – Ian Bott 921
Labour – Nik Slingsby 203
Fighting for Space for People – Yael Saunders 184
Liberal Democrats – Jeremy Hill 104
UK Independence Party – Paul Mercieca 96
Green Party – Hugh Small 50