Local elections were held yesterday and with anticipations throughout the day, Labour had nothing to fear, winning and retaining all 51/51 seats available in Barking & Dagenham!

Labour leader for Barking & Dagenham, Darren Rodwell and the rest of the Labour party were clearly ecstatic and overwhelmed with the full seat win for the borough, as seen in a later speech by leader Darren here – https://goo.gl/k5JCqB

Darren comments: “When people knock us on Facebook, when people knock us on Twitter, when people knock us in the Post, there is only one thing I want to say to them – and that is we are one Labour Party in one borough. We are one community,”

Darren’s daughter, Emily Rodwell also won in the Eastbury ward and other new councillors include Andrew Achilleos who works for MP Jon Cruddas in Dagenham and Rainham and Princess Bright, daughter of cabinet member Sade Bright.

Jon Cruddas attended the count last night and further commented: “a victory would be recognition for the hard work elected members put in over the last term.

“The council have played a tough hand because of the tremendous cuts,” he said just before the result was announced. “But [a clean sweep for Labour] would be a victory for the leadership across all the borough.”

Many congratulations from all at the Londoneast-uk team.

Vote Breakdown

A voting breakdown by party and percentage for the Barking & Dagenham Area:

  • 77% – Labour
  • 22% – Conservatives
  • 1% – Other

Votes were also won by two BNP candidates, Tony McKay and Bede Smith for the Goresbrook ward, who although didn’t turn up for the count, won 246 votes.

Green Party’s, Matthew Crowley also won 317 votes in his debut election in Heath.


The overall turnout of votes for the borough was 30.1%, with a higher number of votes submitted in Dagenham over Barking.


Images courtesy of: www.barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk