Labour stroll to victory in South Camberwell by-election

News Desk (22 October, 2015) Politics

Councillor Octavia Lamb received nearly 60% of the total vote.

6040Octavia Lamb, centre, with fellow ward councillors Sarah King and Peter John

Octavia Lamb stormed to victory in last week’s South Camberwell by-election, receiving 58% of the total vote.

The Labour candidate received a total of 1,243 votes, dwarfing the 441 votes received by her closest challenger, the Green Party’s Eleanor Margolies.

The Lib Dems Ben Maitland received 223 votes, the Tories’ Chris Mottau received 200 and the All People’s Party’s Stephen Govier received 39. Four ballots were spoiled.

The South Camberwell resident said her election was an “honour.”

She said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in this election and all of the volunteers and campaigners who worked so hard to get this great result for Labour. I will work hard for local residents in my ward and I’m proud to become part of a Labour council delivering new council homes, creating jobs and apprenticeships, and investing in opportunities for local people.”

Southwark Council Leader Peter John said he was “delighted” to welcome Ms Lamb as his new fellow ward councillor.

He said: “I know Octavia will be a great representative for local residents in South Camberwell and across the borough, as part of a Labour council delivering a fairer future for all in Southwark.”

The by-election was sparked when Chris Gonde became the second councillor this year to step down suddenly. He cited a poor work-life balance in his resignation letter.

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