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First results suggest Ulez could still be problem for Sadiq Khan

The first native election results from London suggest the Ulez growth could still be problem for Sadiq Khan in his battle with Susan Hall, it was claimed on Friday.

The Conservatives held the Hillingdon East ward in a council by-election on Thursday, whereas the Labour vote dropped by 8.7 per cent.

Meanwhile in Wandsworth the Conservatives gained a council seat from Labour, sweeping to victory within the West Putney by-election.

Kelly Martin held the Hillingdon East ward for the Tories with 58.1 per cent of the vote. He elevated the get together’s vote share by a tiny 0.6 per cent. Turnout was excessive for a council by-election at 46.58 per cent.

One Tory supply instructed the Standard that the end result confirmed anger at Mr Khan’s growth of the Ultra Low Emission Zone final 12 months was still “extremely prevalent” in London’s outer boroughs.

“The polls show that Sadiq should walk this election but anger at Ulez is still extremely prevalent and this vote shows that,” they added. “It could cause real upset for Labour.”

Labour blamed the Ulez growth scheme for its by-election defeat in Boris Johnson’s former seat last year. The get together had hopes of successful the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency in Hillingdon and polls forward of the vote in July had Labour eight factors forward.

But Tory candidate Steve Tuckwell managed to retain it for Rishi Sunak’s get together.

Speaking after the results had been introduced, Labour frontbencher Steve Reed, stated: “I think the winning Conservative candidate just said it, didn’t he? He said that if it wasn’t for Ulez, he believes Labour would have won this by-election.”

Across England the Conservatives have suffer a set of dire results in overnight local election counts.

Labour won the Blackpool South parliamentary by-election with a swing of 26.33 per cent from the Tories, the third largest because the Second World War.

Mr Khan is the favorite to win the London mayoral election and safe a 3rd time period main City Hall. Polls before Thursday’s vote put him between 10 and 20 points ahead of his Tory rival.

Londoners’ votes for the Mayor of London, London Assembly Constituency member and London Assembly London-wide member contests will be verified and counted over the 2 days after polling day on Thursday, 2 May.

But it can more than likely be early afternoon on Saturday on the earliest when it can grow to be clear whether or not Mr Khan has won or if Ms Hall has pulled off a surprise victory.

Hillingdon By-Election Results

Candidate

Party

Number of Votes

COTTEWTom

Liberal Democrats

270

COURTENAYGeoff

Independent

103

GARELICKSteve

Labour

1,364

GREENSarah Charmian

Green Party

363

MARTINKelly

Conservative

2,911

West Putney Ward By-Election

Candidate

Party

Number of Votes

AUSTIN, Nick

Conservative

2839

BRIGINSHAW, Jane Rachael

Labour

2350

LEJMAN, Mark Timothy

Liberal Democrat

635

MCENTEE, Fergal Joseph

Green Party

438

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