Yesterday, Alison Hopkins secured a fantastic by-election victory, holding onto the seat of Dollis Hill. The election had been called after the sad death of Alec Castle, who had been a tireless campaigner for the area for many years. I am sure Alison will now proudly continue in that vein.
The victory is a significant one for the London Liberal Democrats, showing our ideas and our campaigning can generate real success, and beat Labour in London. The election was in Ken Livingstone’s backyard (literally, he lives in the ward next door,) but he was nowhere to be seen yesterday. This is in marked contrast to local Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather, who had was a continual presence on the campaign trail, along with other senior London Lib Dems.
The full results were:
Alison Hopkins (LD) 1,205 votes
Labour 1,168 votes
Conservatives 140 votes
Green 79 votes
Many thanks to all those who came to help out!