Ward by Ward: Who will win the Little Parndon By-Election?

News / Sun 4th Mar 2018 at 01:42pm


THIS by-election was called due to the sudden resignation of Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner.

There is no doubt that the Labour group are missing and will miss Jon Clempner. One of the reasons is his forensic analysis of election patterns that was very important.

Ironically, despite their inner turmoil, this may well be a very fruitful year for Harlow Labour. They have the local elections on Thursday May 3rd. Before then, we have this by-election on Thursday March 8th.

The Labour candidate is Chris Vince. It may be significant that Chris was nominated by cllr Karen Clempner. Chris has continued to be close to the Clempners and in many ways, shoud he win, will continue to fly the flag for reason and moderation.

In 2014, Labour retained the seat by 199 votes (43%) and that was the annus mirabilis for Ukip.
In 2015, by 558 (48%) (bigger turnout due to Gen Election).
In 2016, by 539 (54%) (Jon Clempner).

There are no indications that this will change. Residents will no doubt have their complaints regarding housing, crime, roads, bins etc but you don’t feel there is enough (at the moment) to change things. All the implications of the local plan may be further down the line (perhaps as soon as May).

The Conservative candidate is one of the most loyal and hard-working of candidates. Anyone who has had the pleasure of discussing politics with John, will know he has a depth of knowledge (as well as a love of Harlow) that would be welcome in the chamber.

As for Ukip, looks like they are not going down without a fight. The writing is clearly on the wall both nationally and locally. In 2014, they gained 680 votes in this ward. On Thursday March 8th, they will be lucky to get 100.

YH prediction: Labour hold and may well get over 50% of vote.


Patsy Long (Ukip)
John Steer (Cons)
Chris Vince (Labour)

Election Date: Thursday March 8th

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12 Comments for Ward by Ward: Who will win the Little Parndon By-Election?:

2018-03-04 18:26:55

The ukip candidate is patsy long, that's justca reminder. Who said that ukip are going down? I along with the ukip Harlow team are not going any. Let's see what the polls like like come Thursday. Bring on May the 3rd. UKIP Harlow, putting Harlow and the people of Harlow first. Unlike this Labour administrating party.

2018-03-04 18:52:41

UKIP? Oh yeah!, I remember them. Have they got a leader yet? What are UKIPs policies? Dunno. There’s nothing on their website, nothing on their social media, nothing on the news (other than that extremely racist stuff) there’s no reason to believe the Harlow group have anything magic up their sleeves.

2018-03-04 20:21:30

No,We don't have magic up our Sleeves, we play fear.

2018-03-04 20:36:12

Actually we do have a trick up our sleeves. It called, campaigning professionally and fairly. Unlike some.

2018-03-05 01:30:16

Yes, UKIP. The Party that won the 2014 Harlow District Council Elections (based on both votes and seats), the last European Elections and got and won the EU Referendum (68.1% voted Leave in Harlow). Yes, we have a Leader. Yes, we have policies - see Press Release on this site, or www.ukip.org for details. Otherwise feel free to ask us a question on the UKIP Harlow Facebook page and we'll be happy to answer it. As for the racist rubbish - I think you will see we get rid of racists, and ban the likes of EDL and BNP from joining our party. Unlike the party who most likes shouting such a term, who puts them up for election!

m ingall
2018-03-06 12:12:58

On a more positive note, Labour have a fantastic candidate in Chris Vince. He is hard working, intelligent and compassionate. He lives in the Little Parndon and Hare Street Ward and he genuinely supports the Labour initiatives that have delivered a freeze in the Harlow component of Council tax, without cutting services. He will make a great addition to the Council. Vote Labour, vote Chris Vince.

2018-03-06 16:13:22

Has lived in Little Parndon for five minutes and admits to being a Chelmsford boy don't you mean!!!

2018-03-06 20:23:58

The only reason the Labour administration party of Harlow have frozen the council Tax for the first time in 6 years is because the Conservative county council administration party have increased it. If this was not the case, then there is no don't that the Harlow Labour administration party of increased it. Dirty tactics that is what it is called. The Labour party are nothing but credit snatchers. No see them all year come a build up to election they are out and about taking all the credit for the hard work from councillors from the other parties.

2018-03-06 20:49:34

If Chris Vince is a teacher then he shouldn't be in politics. Because I would like to know what are they teaching our children. You should be neutral. Keep politics out of our schools. The one thing Labour can't accept not everyone shares their views, and anyone goes against them they use verbal abuse, and don't tell me this doesn't happen, because it does. Labour and the other left wing parties don't know the meaning of fair compaigning.

2018-03-06 20:58:23

No one can predict the outcome of this by-election so electioneering and and using negative media against other political parties. I will laugh if you are predicting a Labour victory I hope you all end up with egg on your faces.

2018-03-06 21:00:54

UKMaverick785 how long did UKIP's 2015 General Election candidate for Chelmsford live in Great Baddow?

2018-03-07 14:59:41

I rented in Great Baddow for about nine months since you ask! But then I never claimed to be a local candidate and was totally honest about it. How long did Labour's 2015 Parliamentary Candidate live in Harlow? Parliamentary elections are completely different as candidates often get selected to stand where they don't live. Therefore renting to be able to maximize the campaigning time makes sense.

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