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Labour wins Maryland and Forest Gate by-elections in Newham

Labour wins Maryland and Forest Gate by-elections in Newham

Labour has retained two Newham wards following last week’s by-election. The by-election, which took place on the same day as the general election (4 July), saw Labour retain Maryland and Forest Gate North wards. Melanie Onovo is the new councillor for Maryland after coming first with 1,626 votes, while Liz Cronin is the new councillor for Forest Gate North after winning 1,757 votes.

The by-elections were triggered by the recent departures of Ken Penton, who was a Labour councillor for Maryland, and Sasha Das Gupta, who was a Labour councillor for Forest Gate North. In Maryland, Linda Jordan of Newham Independents came second with 896 votes, while Chris Brooks of the Greens came third with 712 votes.




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Mary Antwi of the Conservatives came fourth with 360 votes and David Terrar of the Lib Dems came last with 185 votes. The turnout was 41.25 per cent. Shortly after her victory, Cllr Onovo posted on X: “I am deeply honoured to have been elected as a councillor for Maryland. I am so touched by the trust the people have placed in me. However you vote, I will be a present advocate for your needs. A truly historic night for the country. The people have voted for change.”

In Forest Gate North and finishing in the same order as Maryland, Zakaria Bhariwala of the Newham Independents came second with 1,073 votes, while Zahra Kheyre of the Greens came third with 810 votes. In fourth place was Malcolm Madden of the Conservatives with 251 votes, while Jamie Bryant of the Lib Dems came last with 192 votes. The turnout was 53.35 per cent.

Cllr Cronin said: “I am so grateful to everyone who voted and campaigned, across Newham and Forest Gate North. There is still much to do to earn the trust you have placed in us. I will share contact details ASAP (As Soon As Possible) and get to work – with all residents, regardless of how you voted.” There are two more by-elections on 18 July for Little Ilford ward and Beckton ward.

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