Posted: 28.11.14

Oswell ‘olds on for Labour

Labour retained their seat in the Charville ward at Hillingdon Council last night. John Oswell held the seat further to the former Labour councillor David Horne stepping down due to ill health. He was replaced by Oswell who won with a 21 vote majority.

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Labour retained their seat in the Charville ward at Hillingdon Council last night. John Oswell held the seat further to the former Labour councillor David Horne stepping down due to ill health. He was replaced by Oswell who won with a 21 vote majority. Interestingly, Cllr Oswell is the former council member for the Pinkwell ward in Hayes.

This is Oswell’s second attempt at standing for Hillingdon Council this year; he stood for the Yiewsley Ward which was held by the Conservatives in May but failed to win and finished in sixth place. And yesterday’s by-election was a clear challenge too with the narrowest of margins between the Conservatives on 929 votes and Labour on 950 votes. It was second time lucky for Oswell, but not so for the runner-up, he defeated the former Mayor of Hillingdon, Mary O’Connor – who lost her seat in the May local elections.

Oswell joins fellow Labour councillor Beulah East in the ward along with the Conservative councillor Neil Fyfe.

The by-election saw UKIP finish in third place, the Party at the May elections made the borough a target but failed to win a single seat, and a similar situation was repeated in the Charville ward last night. Charville was one of the gains in May this year which saw Labour dent the Conservative majority. The political composition of Hillingdon Council remains the Conservatives with 42 councillors and Labour have 23 councillors.

Full result: John Oswell (Lab) 950, Mary O’Connor (Con) 929, Cliff Dixon (UKIP) 468, Wally Kennedy (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) 40 and Paul McKeown (Lib Dem) 37.