Wardrop versus Walker

Elaine with Julian

Elaine with Julian

I think it is fair to say that the all-male representation for Eastwood Park has it easy, or so it appears. Theirs is a comfortable tenure judging by the solidly strong vote they attract.

I expect that Cllrs Byford, Moring and Walker will claim that their hefty slice of the vote is a reflection of their industry and ability to articulate and champion their residents concerns.

Eastwood Park, and its previous incarnation as Eastwood, has been Conservative since 1996 at least (which is the limit of my records). In 1996 Labour attracted 22.07% of the vote – something we have struggled to get beyond since. However, with a sizeable Liberal Democrat vote to squeeze (Eastwood was once a Liberal stronghold), and Green votes which could swing our way, I think it could be an interesting contest. I wonder whether UKIP will bother turning up; they failed to field a candidate in May despite a reasonable vote in 2014.

First-time candidate Elaine Wardrop has been selected to take on Cllr Chris Walker next May, and Elaine has the enthusiasm and the desire to get out there and work This ward saw the highest Tory vote on the borough this year, but each election stands on its own as far as voters are concerned, and I am sure she will put up a good showing.

For the curious, the worst wards for the Tories in Southend-on-Sea this year are :

20.9% St Luke’s
23.5% Victoria
25.4% Kursaal
26.3% Thorpe
29.4% Westborough