Thank you to everyone who worked so hard for a Conservative victory in Havering and Redbridge. The result was as follows:
Roger Evans Conservative 53285
Mandy Richards Labour 49386
Lawrence Webb UKIP 9471
Malvin Brown Residents Assoc 8239
Farrukh Islam Lib Dem 6435
Robert Taylor BNP 5234
Haroon Saad Green 5207
Mark Twiddy English Democrat 2573
Richard Edmonds National Front 1936
So I have been re-elected but with a reduced majority and this contest featured a considerable right wing protest vote. I'm very grateful to my constituents for placing their trust in me once again and I am very aware of the concerns that residents were expressing about the direction and effectiveness of the Coalition Government. Together with Boris I will be working hard at City Hall to reduce costs and to improve services over the coming four years.
The Conservative Group now numbers nine, which is just enough to approve the Mayor's budget and his key policy documents. Boris has just signed his acceptance of office so we are all set for the coming term.