+++Anton Georgiou wins big in Brent!

Many congratulations to Anton Georgiou and his team on a stunning by-election win in Alperton ward, Brent!

Anton achieved a stonking 29.5% swing to the Lib Dems, to grab the seat from Labour.

Siobhan Benita, our London Mayoral candidate, campaigned strongly with Anton – this is a great boost for her campaign for London.

Acting party co-leader, Ed Davey also helped Anton and tweeted early this morning:

Here’s the official ward result from Brent Council’s Twitter feed:

And here’s a comparison to the last vote share from Britain Elects:

Andrew Teale on Britain Elects provides an excellent write-up of the background to the four by-elections yesterday in Brent, including this snapshot of the past figures for Alperton ward elections:

Parliamentary constituency: Brent North
London Assembly constituency: Brent and Harrow
ONS Travel to Work Area: London
Postcode districts: HA0, NW10

Anton Georgiou (LD)
Chetan Harpale (Lab)
Andrew Linnie (Grn)
Harmit Vyas (C)

May 2018 result Lab 3185/3174/2961 C 1337/1162/1026 LD 582/500/362 Grn 577
May 2014 result Lab 2370/2309/2305 LD 1691/1669/1553 C 612/506/452 Grn 325
May 2010 result LD 2608/2599/2115 Lab 2594/2206/1970 C 970/905/830 Grn 266/230/190 Ind 123
May 2006 result LD 1624/1560/1481 Lab 1126/1061/1033 C 790/699/645 Grn 151
May 2002 result LD 1623/1553/1522 Lab 991/944/857 C 432/392/381

The rest of yesterday’s by-election results will follow later today.

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  • John Marriott 24th Jan '20 - 9:18am

    Georgiou, hey? No relation to Cat Stevens, by any chance? Or should I say Yusuf Islam, to give him his present name?

    Well done, sir. I guess that morning really has finally broken in Brent! It certainly is a ‘Wild World’ at the moment. We could certainly do with that ‘Peace Train’.

  • Was this the late Mike Harskin’s ward?

  • I’ve seen 3 results from Brent so far, one excellent win for the Lib Dems as noted above and two Labour holds. However, the Labour holds hide the fact that there has been a significant drop in their share of the vote, large swings to the Tories in both of them.

  • Big swing to Tories in one of the other wards. Keep things in balance and Labour suffering in part because of religious issues in the area. Has very little to do with what might happen in Mays Mayor elections.

  • Well done!
    I note that swing to the Tories, not good, must undermine it.
    Equally those who put on more than one candidate,a mistake or a hint for PR?

  • clive englisjh 24th Jan '20 - 11:06am

    A good result but in part due to Labour suspending their candidate and not campaigning for him. Having said that it could have resulted in a Tory gain if we had not campaigned hard.

  • John Marriott 24th Jan '20 - 11:39am

    And I was going to add, if it hadn’t been for that ‘Hard Headed Woman’ and her Revoke Strategy, things might have been very different elsewhere!😀

  • Peter Martin 24th Jan '20 - 12:01pm

    Lib Dems are always going to do well at local level. There’s not a lot to get wrong. The council receives an income which is essentially independent of its spending. The Lib Dem mindset is well suited to doing a reasonable job in spending that income.

    Local govt is not at all the same as the Westminster government. There you don’t seem to understand that Govt only has an income because its spent that money into existence in the first place. And that it can never recover in taxes more than it has originally created. Deficits are only to be expected. So all these silly fiscal rules that are devised, and by the Labour Party too, simply demonstrate that your mindset isn’t suited to doing a reasonable job in National govt.

  • Gwyn William 24th Jan '20 - 12:19pm

    Congratulations Councillor Georgiou

  • A great result. Liberal Democrats should always remember the we build from the grassroots we are at our best when we grow locally. That is how it was in the late 70’s 80’s and 90’s. We lose our way when we forger our roots .

  • John Marriott 25th Jan '20 - 9:32am

    Obviously, LDV regulars have had a humour bypass. I’ll have one more go. Or are they just ‘Oh Very Young’ and don’t know who ‘Cat Stevens’ was?* Or perhaps they just don’t care. As they say; ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’. As for me, I’m still ‘On The Road to Find Out’!

    * For the uninitiated, Steven Georgiou was Cat Stevens’ aka Yusuf Islam’s original name. As I asked at the beginning, is Anton any relation?

  • Well done

  • John Roffey 26th Jan '20 - 3:41am

    Very talented artist – I was a big fan:

  • John Marriott 26th Jan '20 - 9:01am

    @John Roffey
    Thanks, John, and, now that he is performing again, he still is. Let’s hope that Anton lives up to the name.

  • David Evans 26th Jan '20 - 9:47am

    Great choice of song John. is it an aphorism for some recent events that have hit the Lib Dems?

  • John – yes you are right – he still performs well. However, my liking of him when he was ‘Cat’ was connected to the fact that his songs were about that time – not sure they are so much now.

    Not sure whose do now – this seems to strike a chord – although you would not think so from the audience!


  • David – yes the song was chosen with some thoughts of the Party.

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