Kilburn: ‘There is an appetite for what Labour is saying nationally’
Winning candidates believe public want the council to be more left-wing
04 May, 2018 — By Dan Carrier
Thomas Gardiner, Maryam Eslamdoust and Douglas Beattie
THE Kilburn ward returned three Labour councillors – with a swing in favour of 12 per cent towards a trio known for being on the left of the party.
Doug Beattie, Thomas Gardiner and Maryam Eslamdoust, all considered to be firm supporters of the direction Jeremy Corbyn has taken the party, retained their seats with thumping scores.
Cllr Eslamdoust said she believed it underlined the grassroots popularity of national Labour Party policies. She said: “Austerity is no longer a political soundbite. People are really beginning to feel its effects. They really get it.”
Cllr Beattie said their results echoed the prevalent sense within the party.
He said: “People are coming out to vote with a song in their heart. People feel they have a party they are now in touch with and they understand what Labour really stands for. There is a real appetite for what Labour are saying nationally.”
Cllr Gardiner said the councillors in Kilburn were representative of the party membership. He said: “We feel that we are in touch with the mood of the party. There is a sense that people want the council to be more left wing than it has been for perhaps the last couple of decades.”