The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that this site is not festooned with bunting and “Well Done James” banners, neither is the campaign office. That is because I didn’t win the election for Mayor of Lewisham.
All together…. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
The election was tighter this time than last time and Chris Maines, the Lib Dem, candidate snuck past me into second place. I wonder if, in four years time, this will be used on a graph to suggest that it is “a two horse race” and that “the Tories can’t win here”? I have a funny feeling that it just might. Interestingly when the Lib Dems were in third place they had a graph saying that it is “a two horse race” and that “the Tories can’t win here”. Deja vous?
By the time of the next elections the people of Lewisham will have seen the Lib Dems in action and will do what the voters in Bromley have done, kick them out. The Bromley Lib Dems have gone from 35 seats down to 7 in the space of two elections. Bromley voters clearly know something we don’t.
Labour has had a very, very bad night. The deputy Mayor and a number of other cabinet members have lost their seats, this puts Steve Bullock in a very difficult position. The brightest local Labour brains are now kicking tin cans in the park, with a few exceptions those that are left will struggle to keep on top of cabinet posts.
The greens have done very well, picking up 5 seats from Labour. This pleases me no end, I have met a lot of the Green candidates and they strike me as genuinely nice people. Their influence on the council should help push our recycling rates up and hopefully the Conservatives on the council will help them do it without breaking the bank.
We added another councillor to our ranks; Hillary Downes is the new councillor for Grove Park and will join two of the hardest working councillors in the borough Barrie Anderson and David Britton. She is clever and hard working, definitely one to watch.
At last there is some political diversity in the borough, ranging from the left wing Socialist Alternative, through the left wing Greens, the left wing Labour party and then the Conservatives.