In case you haven't heard already, the results for the council elections in Southwark came in on Friday. I'm really pleased that Renata, Victoria and I have been re-elected to represent Peckham Rye Ward for another four years. Across the borough Labour made significant gains from the Liberal Democrats meaning that Southwark continues to have a Labour run council.
We'd like to say a huge "thank you" to everyone who voted, and especially to those who supported us. We are very proud that you have given us the opportunity to continue our work for the ward and on the council.
I'll try not to bore you with too many statistics, but the short version of the vote in Peckham Rye is that Labour significantly increased its support whilst the Lib Dem vote almost completely collapsed compared to the previous election. 56% of total votes cast went to Labour, that's up 15% on 2010. You can see the full results here. It's also worth noting that Labour has finally got a councillor back in East Dulwich Ward, which neighbours our own. Well done to Charlie Smith!
Hopefully, part of this is a reflection of our hard work locally, but I know that it is mainly about growing support for Labour values and a damning indictment of Southwark Lib Dem support for Tory policies in the Coalition. From talking to people on the doorstep, it's also clear that the approach taken to issues like recycling, school meals and housing by Southwark's Labour Council has impressed many.
Southwark has now been run by Labour for four years and the council is gaining a national reputation for innovative policy and sensible, long term planning.
Whatever the reasons for the result, we are very grateful. Victoria, Renata and I will continue to campaign on all of the issues that matter for you in this area. As soon as possible we want to see the 63 bus route extended, the new One O'Clock Club built, major works completed on the Rye Hill Park Estate and plans for further investment in Peckham Rye Park delivered.
Finally, if you ever need to get in touch with us, no matter what it's about, you can find all of our contact details here.