Ward by Ward: Old Harlow: Too close to call!

Politics / Thu 8th May 2014 at 06:35am

tomnewensLABOUR are getting closer and closer and closer in Old Harlow. In 2010, the Conservatives won by 716. In 2011 by 326. In 2012 the Tories won by 163.

The reason for the narrowing of the gap? Gilden Way and the Junction 7a M11 situation have clearly not helped. It must be the type of ward that Robert Halfon has an eye on when it comes to retaining his seat or not in less than twelve months time.

What is is blessed with is two very good candidates thrashing it out. We interviewed Labour’s Tom Newens at the top end and then the Conservative’s Joel Charles at the bottom end.

Tom, son of Stan but his own man, is obviously a man of integrity. He wants to represent the people of Old Harlow, where he has lived all his life.

Joel Charles is also an impressive young man who has been a councillor before. It is not a surprise that his Conservative colleagues are so keen for him to return. Alongside councillors such as Russell Perrin, they make a formidable team.

In our interview, Joel shows (and you would be surprised at how few do) an in depth knowledge of the major and minor issues that concern the ward from rubbish in The Oxleys to the M11 Junction.

Of course, the factor that cannot be ignored is UKIP. Suddenly put into the equation, they could spoil things for the Tories more than for Labour.

It is, as they say, all to play for.

YH prediction: Cons hold: 25

Old Harlow

Joel Charles (Cons)
Tom Newens (Lab)
Mary Wiltshire (Lib-Dem)
Steven Witt (UKIP)

Harlow Council elections Old Harlow Interview with Conservative Joel Charles from YourThurrock.Com on Vimeo.

Harlow Council Elections Labour fighting for Old Harlow Tom Newens from YourThurrock.Com on Vimeo.

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