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Alison Hopkins wins with a majority of 37

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The Liberal Democrats have held on to their seat in the Dollis Hill ward following a by-election that took place yesterday (Thursday).

Alison Hopkins won the seat with 1205 votes - a majority of 37.

The by-election was held following the death of Lib Dem councillor Alec Castle.

Speaking after the election, Mrs Hopkins said: “It is clear that a huge number of Brent residents are still very angry at Labour’s decision to force through the closure of half of our libraries in the face of massive public opposition.

“They are fed up with the increased rubbish on the streets and the overflowing bins caused by Labour’s decision to target cuts at street cleaning. It’s time for the Labour politicians who run Brent Council to start listening to local people.

“Now I have a seat in the council chamber I will use it to continue to argue the case for local libraries anc cleaner streets.

“I will speak up for the thousands of local residents and children who have lost out because of Brent Council’s refusal to listen.

“I want to thank my fellow Dollis Hill residents for the warm welcome I received throughout the campaign, and everyone who voted for me.”

Labour candidate Parvez Ahmed came second with 1168 votes, Samer Ahmedali for the Conservative party received 140 votes and the Green Party candidate Peter Murry had 79 votes.

The voter turnout was 30 per cent.

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