LABOUR has successfully defended the ward of Little Parndon and Hare Street. Victorious Chris Vince won with 62.2% of the vote, which is their biggest percentage share of the vote in this ward for a long time.
The Conservative share has also gone up but it was once again, bad news for Ukip, who slumped to just 80 votes (down from 365 just two years ago).
Labour were clearly buoyed and will see this as a real stepping stone to the local elections on May 3rd where they will hope to making more gains.
After the count, Chris Vince said: “Thank you to everyone who cam eout to help me in this campaign. Your support really is greatly appreciated. I will continue to work hard to get more Harlow Labour councillors elected”.
Chris Vince (Lab): 781-62.2% (+7.9%)
John Steer (Cons): 394-31.4% (+5.2%)
Patsy Long (Ukip): 80-6.4% (-13.1%)
Percentage Share: 62.2%
In 2014, Labour retained the seat by 199 votes (43%).
In 2015, by 558 (48%) (bigger turnout due to Gen Election).
In 2016, by 539 (54%) (Jon Clempner).
Jon CLEMPNER Labour Party – 1021
Peter LAMB The Conservative Party Candidate – 492
Richard RICHARDSON UK Independence Party (UKIP) – 365
Popularity: 1% [?]