Labour win Gospel Oak by-election (again)
Residents in Gospel Oak have been sent to the ballot box three times in ten months
09 November, 2017 — By Richard Osley
New councillor Jenny Mulholland
LABOUR have won their second by-election of the year in Gospel Oak this evening (Thursday) with Jenny Mulholland claiming a runaway victory with more than 50 percent of the vote. The Liberal Democrats came second with former mayor Jill Fraser on the ballot paper, while Marx de Morais, the Tory, polled in third place. The Greens and UKIP did not contest the by-election.
The by-election, held just six months before the whole borough heads to the polls for Camden’s council elections, was triggered by the resignation of Theo Blackwell. The Labour councillor was hired by Labour mayor to be City Hall’s £107,000-a-year digital officer, ending his time as Camden’s finance chief.
Residents in Gospel Oak had already been asked to vote for a new councillor in March when Labour councillor Maeve McCormack quit the Town Hall early, telling colleagues she could not afford to live in Camden. Marcus Boyland won the resulting by-election for Labour.
Jenny MULHOLLAND (Lab) 1,144 ELECTED
Jill FRASER (Lib Dem) 510
Marx DE MORAIS (Con) 303
Maxine SPENCER (English Democrats) 31
RESULT OF MAY 2017 GOSPEL OAK BY-ELECTION
MARCUS BOYLAND (LAB) 1,468 ELECTED
STEPHEN CROSHER (Lib Dem) 587
MARX DE MORAIS (Con 523
DEE SEARLE (Green) 273
GILES GAME (UKIP) 75