Pro-Millwall election candidate Willow Winston: ‘My fight continues’

News Desk (15 June, 2017) Politics Regeneration General election 2017

“I stood for Millwall and the community. People understood the principle, about not having whole neighbourhoods destroyed so that property developers could move in and make a billion or two or three," Willow said

17051Willow Winston, who stood as an independent in Lewisham East with the backing of the Association of Millwall Supporters (Credit: Chiara Giordano)

The pro-Millwall candidate who stood for election in Lewisham East has said her fight continues to protect the local community and the football club from regeneration.

Willow Winston – backed by the Association of Millwall Supporters – gained 355 votes in the constituency.

The 73-year-old had said that, if elected, she would campaign for reform to laws around compulsory purchase orders (CPOs), a legal process which Lewisham Council hoped to use to force private land owners, including Millwall, from land proposed for redevelopment.

Willow told the News: “I am very grateful for the votes I had, and it was an extraordinary experience, talking to many complete strangers on their door steps and on the streets. People were very sympathetic to what I was standing for.

“I stood for Millwall and the community. People understood the principle, about not having whole neighbourhoods destroyed so that property developers could move in and make a billion or two or three.

“There was a rush of people voting for Jeremy Corbyn, but I think those people were voting for a sort of revolution that is desired in this country. Not necessarily for the local Labour candidate.”

The results for the Lewisham East constituency were:

  • Heidi Alexander (Labour) = 32,072
  • Peter Fortune (Conservative) = 10,859
  • Emily Frith (Liberal Democrat) =   2,086
  • Störm Poorun (Green) = 803
  • Keith Forster (UKIP) = 798
  • Willow Winston (Independent) = 355
  • Maureen Martin (Christian People’s Alliance) = 228

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