Winston McKenzie

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Winston McKenzie
McKenzie in 2007
Personal details
Born (1953-10-23) 23 October 1953 (age 65)
Croydon, Greater London, England
Political partyUnity in Action (2017–present)
English Democrats (2015–2017)
UKIP (2009–2015)
Unity Party (2009)
Independent (2008–2009, 2005, 2003–2004)
Conservative (2006–2008)
Veritas (2005)
Liberal Democrats (2002–2003)
Labour (until 2001)
RelationsDuke McKenzie (brother)
Clinton McKenzie (brother)

Winston Truman McKenzie (born 23 October 1953) is a British political activist and perennial candidate for public office. He is a founder and leader of Unity in Action.

A British Jamaican, McKenzie worked as a boxer before later running a pub with his brothers; it was closed down after police found many of its customers to possess weapons and drugs.

Winston joined the Liberal Democrats, staying with them until 2003; he then remained politically independent for some time before becoming a member of Veritas. In 2006 he joined the Conservative Party, which he left to become a political independent again.

McKenzie joined the UK Independence Party. He stood for its leadership in 2010 and was the UKIP candidate in the 2012 Croydon North by-election, where he came third with 5.7% of the vote. He served as UKIP's Commonwealth spokesman from 2014 until 9 March 2015.

After the departure from UKIP, McKenzie joined the English Democrats in December 2015 and attempted to run for Mayor of London in the 2016 election. Also in 2016 he competed on the reality television show 'b he left the English Democrats and founded his own party, Unity in Action.


An elder brother of boxer Duke McKenzie and a younger brother of boxer Clinton McKenzie, Winston McKenzie was a successful amateur middleweight boxer. He fought professionally as a super-welterweight.[1] He contended that after an underprivileged childhood, "boxing was my salvation".[2] However, at the age of 23 he was forced to quit boxing after he suffered two detached retinas.[3]

He also ran a pub in Parchmore Road, Thornton Heath with his brothers. When the McKenzies bought the pub, it had "a notorious reputation... as a 'battleground' rife with gangsters and drug pushers until the brothers took over."[4] They opened it as the McKenzie Bros Bar & Grill, but it was threatened with removal of its licence in July 2001 "after being caught several times by police serving alcohol after hours."[4] It closed down in December 2002, after a single police raid resulted in 25 people on the premises being charged. The pub was boarded up after the raid, and McKenzie confirmed in January 2003 that it would not be reopening. The building has been demolished.

Political career[edit]

Lib Dems and Independent[edit]

[5] In 2002 he joined the Liberal Democrats and, in February 2003, was quoted in the press as saying "I'm still very involved with the Liberal Democrats and have every intention of standing for MP in the next election."[6] Seven months later he had left the Lib Dems. He stood in the September 2003 Brent East by-election as an independent candidate on a slogan of "The black voice for Great Britain". He pledged to "shut all gates of entry to immigrants and asylum seekers" (and ask the USA to take on Britain's immigrants in exchange for Britain's support in the Iraq War), and to increase sports facilities for young people. He also opposed university tuition fees on the grounds that young people should be able "to enjoy the privileges of childhood."[7]

Veritas, Independent and Veritas again[edit]

McKenzie joined the newly formed Veritas party in 2005, calling for "a blanket ban on immigration and asylum for one year",[8] and becoming its principal spokesman on sport.[5] In the 2005 general election he stood for Veritas in Croydon North, coming seventh of nine candidates with 324 votes (0.7%). After the election he approached party leader Robert Kilroy-Silk, whom he publicly blamed for his defeat, his lost deposit and other financial losses as a result of his campaign.[9] He resigned from Veritas two weeks after the 2005 election (and three months after joining). He rejoined Veritas when Kilroy-Silk stepped down as leader, so that he could stand for leader of the party. He came third out of three candidates, polling 168 votes (14.4%).[10] In between his two short memberships of Veritas, he stood in the 16 June 2005 Fieldway by-election to Croydon Council as an independent. He came fourth of five candidates, polling 47 votes (2.47%), only surpassing the votes received by the Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate.[10][11]

Conservative and Independent - 2008 London mayoral candidacy[edit]

After the local press reported that his 2004 "inaugural Croydon youth games ended in farce [in] October after many events were cancelled at short notice",[8] McKenzie accused the local Conservative council of being "racist" in failing to support the endeavour.[10] However, in November 2006 he joined the Conservative Party and announced his intention to be the next Mayor of London. He stood in 2007 for the Conservative Party's nomination, but failed to attract enough support to make the shortlist. He then left the Conservative Party by the end of the year and stood in the 2008 mayoral election as an independent candidate,[2] He was able to pull 5,389 votes (0.22%).[3]

Unity Party[edit]

McKenzie founded the Unity Party in March 2009, and announced he would be the Unity Party candidate for Croydon Central at the next UK general election.[12] In October 2009, McKenzie reported that Unity had folded as a party because of the withdrawal of its main financial backer.[13]

UK Independence Party[edit]

2009–10: leadership elections, general election[edit]

McKenzie joined the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in September 2009, and immediately announced he was a candidate to succeed Nigel Farage in its leadership election. However, McKenzie was barred from standing because he was still the leader of the Unity Party.[14] In February 2010 he was adopted as UKIP's candidate for Tottenham.[15] In the 2010 general election he came sixth of 10 candidates in Tottenham, polling 466 votes (1.1%).[16]

McKenzie sought to stand again for leader of UKIP in September 2010, after Lord Pearson of Rannoch resigned.[17][18]

2011–12: London Mayoral, Assembly elections, Croydon North by-election[edit]

McKenzie confirmed in May 2011 that he was again hoping to be Mayor of London, this time under the banner of UKIP. He told UKIP paper The Voice: "The rumours are true. I am definitely looking to be nominated as a candidate."[19] There were five other candidates for the UKIP nomination: David Coburn, Michael Corby, Mick McGough, Paul Oakley and Lawrence Webb. In a ballot of members in August 2011, McKenzie came joint third with McGough, both on 7.4%, behind winner Webb, who had 42%, and David Coburn on 29%.[20]

In January 2012, UKIP announced that it had selected McKenzie as candidate for the Croydon and Sutton seat in the 2012 elections to the Greater London Assembly.[20] "[21] In the election he polled 10,757 votes (6.99%) across the boroughs of Croydon and Sutton, an increase of 1.6% on the UKIP vote in 2008, coming fourth of five candidates.[22]

In October 2012 he was announced as the UKIP candidate for the Croydon North by-election. On 27 November 2012, McKenzie gave two interviews to the Croydon Advertiser and the London Metro which were repeated in the local[23][24][25] and national[26][27] press. He was reported to have commented that adoption by same-sex couples constitutes "child abuse", and asked the interviewer, "If you couldn't look after your child and you had to put them up for adoption, would you honestly want your child to be adopted by a gay couple? Would you seriously want that or a heterosexual family? Which would be more healthy for the child? A caring loving home is a heterosexual or single family. I don't believe [a same-sex couple] is healthy for a child."[26] The comments were condemned by Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of Stonewall, as "inflammatory",[26] while UKIP distanced itself from the comments.[24] The Croydon Advertiser interview also described as "a bizarre rant" McKenzie's related comments about people who "pretend" to be gay: "Some people take on being gay as a sort of fashion. Celebrities come out to become more well known, it gets attention. It's a fact of life that some people actually are gay. They are what they are. They can't help it but the other bunch take on being gay as a fashion and push it because they have nothing better to do with their lives. They let the side down."[23] The subsequent Metro interview, held to clarify McKenzie's earlier remarks, quoted him as elaborating: "To say to a child, 'I am having you adopted by two men who kiss regularly but don't worry about it' – that is abuse. It is a violation of a child’s human rights because that child has no opportunity to grow up under normal circumstances."[25]

In the Croydon North by-election, McKenzie came third with 5.7% of the vote, beating the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party. He also retained his deposit for the first time in his political career.[28]

2013–14: local election, local difficulties[edit]

During campaigning for the 2014 local and European elections, a UKIP event organised in Croydon was picketed by protestors angry at Nigel Farage's recent comments on Romanian immigrants and bearing a placard reading "We Are Romanians". McKenzie said that the protesters had "diminished the meaning of racism.... They've taken away the meaning of racism, which is a very potent subject."[29] A steel band had been booked to play at the event but pulled out when they learnt that it was a UKIP event.[29] Farage had been due to attend but did not arrive, with McKenzie informing reporters that "He's a responsible family man and political party leader. Certain situations you have to avoid," before adding that "Croydon is unsafe and a dump."[29] He was not elected to Croydon Council.[30]

McKenzie lost the confidence of his local UKIP branch, amid claims he and his partner Marianne Bowness mishandled thousands of pounds of branch funds.[31] He was suspended as branch chairman, and later replaced. Members signed motions of no confidence in McKenzie.[32]

2015: general election, acrimonious departure from UKIP[edit]

McKenzie was the UKIP candidate for Croydon North in the 2015 general election. He had been Chairman of the Lambeth and Croydon North branch of UKIP, but was suspended on 19 December 2014 after "months of infighting" and accusations that he had misappropriated donations.[33]

UKIP removed McKenzie from his position as Commonwealth spokesman for the party in March 2015,[34] although he retained his position as prospective candidate for Croydon North. In the 2015 general election he came third, again beating the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, and again retaining his deposit with over 5% of the vote.

In November 2015, McKenzie said on ITV News that he had been overlooked for the London elections as a mayoral or Greater London Assembly candidate, and claimed this was owing to racism amongst senior UKIP officials. He said he was resigning from the party, and he cast his UKIP badge onto the table. He declared he would stand for London Mayor as an independent candidate.[35]

English Democrats[edit]

McKenzie joined the English Democrats in December 2015[36] and was selected as the party's candidate for the 2016 London mayoral election at a national council meeting held in Bradford.[37] A party statement declared McKenzie to be "the most influential Black English political figure today".[37] However, his nomination papers for the mayoral election were not completed properly before the close of nominations, so he was ineligible to stand in that election.[38]

On 8 April 2016 it was confirmed that McKenzie would be standing in a borough council by-election in Croydon to be held on the same day as the mayoral election.[39] In October he stood in the by-election in the Oxfordshire seat of Witney, left vacant by the resignation of David Cameron.[40] He came 12th of 14 candidates, with 52 votes, less than half the votes received by the Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate.

Unity in Action[edit]

In 2017 McKenzie registered himself as leader of Unity in Action.

Celebrity Big Brother[edit]

In January 2016, McKenzie became a contestant on the Channel 5 reality television show Celebrity Big Brother. McKenzie stated that if there was to be a gay person in the house, "I guess I'll just have to stand with my back against a brick wall all the time."[41][42] Upon making these comments, McKenzie was booed by the audience.[41][42] Within two days, the regulator Ofcom received over 300 complaints about his comments.[43] McKenzie was however defended by the spokesperson for the English Democrats, Steve Uncles, who compared the gay community to Nazis "when it comes to freedom of speech" and stated that McKenzie's viewpoint was being unfairly demonised given that – in his view – any Muslim contestants on Celebrity Big Brother would try to throw gay men off buildings.[44] McKenzie was evicted via housemates' votes 13/14 on 8 January.[45] During his time in the house, he reiterated his previous comments on child adoption by LGBT couples to Angie Bowie (the bisexual ex-wife of David Bowie), referring to such adoption as "child abuse", a view which Bowie clearly abhorred.[46] Housemates and viewers of the programme considered his views towards homosexuality as wrong and also "disgusting".[47] During an interview with Emma Willis upon his eviction, she questioned him on his controversial time in the house he referred to his time in the CBB house, saying that "I'm a boxer. Amateur professional. I thought I knew everything. But when I walked into the house and heard other people’s stories, anxieties, what they've been through, I realised you don't know everything. There are people out there who really give it their all.... It's such a revelation for me."[48]

Personal life[edit]

In an interview with Chat Politics, McKenzie likened UKIP leader Nigel Farage to Jesus Christ and non-stick Teflon, saying that "Jesus was one man, we're his army. Farage is one man, and we're his army and that's what it's all about," adding that "Farage is like Teflon – he can do no wrong. Everywhere he goes, it doesn't matter what he says or does – he gets away with it."[49] Asked to name his proudest achievements, McKenzie said, "Of all the things in life that one could possibly achieve, I guess I am proud of the honour, dignity and self-respect that I have earned throughout the years through boxing, politics and the love of my former wife, Cheryl."[50]

McKenzie's long-term partner is Marianne Bowness, formerly the wife of Peter [later Lord] Bowness. In 2015, McKenzie recalled that they first met when she was the Mayoress of Croydon (in 1979-80), and her husband gave an honour to the McKenzie brothers for their work in boxing. Several years later, after the breakup of her marriage, she volunteered to manage the opening of his pub, the McKenzie Bros Bar and Grill.

Electoral record[edit]

Croydon Council Election 2018: Waddon ward (3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert William Canning 2,209 17.04 +2.81
Labour Joy Prince 2,134 16.46 +2.54
Labour Andrew John Pelling 2,103 16.22 +2.2
Conservative Alessia Cesana 1,683 12.98 -0.07
Conservative Luke Springthorpe 1,645 12.69 +0.41
Conservative Donald Osaro Ekekhomen 1,622 12.51 +1.18
Green Nicholas Sheridan Barnett 357 2.75 +0.40
Green Grace Onions 326 2.51 +0.39
Green Andy Ellis 260 2.01 +0.67
Liberal Democrat Yusuf Ali Osman 188 1.45 +0.02
Liberal Democrat Karen Lesley Townsend 169 1.30 +0.28
Liberal Democrat Alaric Taylor 145 1.12 +1.12
Unity in Action Marianne Bowness 63 0.49 +0.49
Unity in Action Winston T. McKenzie 59 0.46 +0.46
Majority 526 4.06
Majority 451 3.48
Majority 420 3.24
Turnout 4,563 37.17
Labour hold Swing 1.44
Labour hold Swing 1.31
Labour hold Swing 1.14
By-election 2016: Witney[51]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Courts 17,313 45.0 -15.2
Liberal Democrat Liz Leffman 11,611 30.2 +23.4
Labour Duncan Enright 5,765 15.0 -2.2
Green Larry Sanders 1,363 3.5 -1.6
UKIP Dickie Bird 1,354 3.5 -5.7
National Health Action Helen Salisbury 433 1.1 0.0
Independent Daniel Skidmore 151 0.4 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Mad Hatter 129 0.3 N/A
Independent Nicholas Ward 93 0.2 N/A
Bus-Pass Elvis David Bishop 61 0.2 N/A
Eccentric Party Lord Toby Jug 59 0.2 N/A
English Democrat Winston T. McKenzie 52 0.1 N/A
One Love Party Emilia Arno 44 0.1 N/A
Independent Adam Knight 27 0.1 N/A
Majority 5,702 14.8 -28.2
Turnout 38,455 46.8 -26.5
Conservative hold Swing -19.3
By-Election: West Thornton Ward, London Borough of Croydon, 5 May 2016[52][53]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Callton Young 3,136 64.7
Conservative Scott Roche 989 20.4
Green David Beall 289 6.0
UKIP Ace Nnorom 145 3.0
Liberal Democrat Geoff Morley 140 2.9
Independence from Europe Peter Morgan 77 1.6
English Democrat Winston T. McKenzie 70 1.4
Majority 2,147 44.3
Turnout 4,846 44.0
Labour hold Swing
Summary of the 5 May 2016 Mayor of London election results
Name Party 1st Preference Votes % 2nd Preference Votes % Final %
Sadiq Khan Labour 1,148,716 44.2 (+3.9) 388,090 17.5 1,536,806 56.9 (+8.4)
Zac Goldsmith Conservative 909,755 35.0 (-9.0) 250,214 11.3 1,159,969 43.0 (-8.5)
Siân Berry Green 150,673 5.8 (+1.3) 468,318 21.2 N/A
Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat 120,005 4.6 (+0.4) 335,931 15.2 N/A
Peter Whittle UKIP 94,373 3.6 (+1.6) 223,253 10.1 N/A
Sophie Walker Women's Equality Party 53,055 2.0 (-) 198,720 9.0 N/A
George Galloway Respect 37,007 1.4 (-) 117,080 5.3 N/A
Paul Golding Britain First 31,372 1.2 (-) 73,883 3.3 N/A
Lee Harris CISTA 20,537 0.8 (-) 67,495 3.1 N/A
David Furness BNP 13,325 0.5 (-) 36,168 1.6 N/A
Prince Zylinski Independent 13,202 0.5 (-) 24,646 1.1 N/A
Ankit Love One Love 4,941 0.2 (-) 28,920 1.3 N/A
Winston T. McKenzie English Democrats Disqualified from ballot paper N/A N/A N/A N/A
General Election 2015: Croydon North[54][55][56]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Steve Reed 33,513 62.6 +6.6
Conservative Vidhi Mohan 12,149 22.7 -1.4
UKIP Winston T. McKenzie 2,899 5.4 +3.7
Green Shasha Khan 2,515 4.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Joanna Corbin 1,919 3.6 -10.4
TUSC Glen Hart 261 0.5 +0.5
Independent Lee Berks 141 0.3 +0.3
Communist Ben Stevenson 125 0.2 -0.1
Majority 21,364 39.9 -8
Turnout 53,522 62.3 +35.77
Labour hold Swing +4.0
United Kingdom local elections, 2014, South Norwood Ward, London Borough of Croydon, 22 May 2014[57]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kathy Bee 2,303 +4.8
Labour Jane Avis 2,211 +2.3
Labour Wayne James Patrick Lawlor 1,971 +3.0
Conservative Jonathan Thomas Ewan Cope 909 -6.9
Conservative Matthew Edward O'Flynn 739 -6.2
Conservative Rosina Rachel Mat St. James 731 -6.0
Green Graham Ronald Geoffrey Jones 494 +5.6
Green Andrew Howard Ellis 486 -0.2
UKIP Winston T. McKenzie 480 +6.8
UKIP Anette Reid 437
UKIP Barry Slayford 437
Green James Anthony Seyforth 359 +2.9
Liberal Democrat Robert James Brown 314 -11.6
Liberal Democrat Kimberley Erica Sarah Reid 220 -12.7
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Douglas Regan 177 -13.7
Majority 1,042
Turnout 28.0
Labour hold Swing
Croydon North by-election, 30 November 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Steve Reed 15,892 64.7 +8.7
Conservative Andrew Stranack 4,137 16.8 -7.3
UKIP Winston T. McKenzie 1,400 5.7 +4.0
Liberal Democrat Marisha Ray 860 3.5 -10.5
Green Shasha Khan 855 3.5 +1.5
Respect Lee Jasper 707 2.9 +2.4
Christian Peoples Stephen Hammond 192 0.8 N/A
National Front Richard Edmonds 161 0.7 N/A
Communist Ben Stevenson 119 0.5 +0.2
Monster Raving Loony John Cartwright 110 0.4 N/A
Nine Eleven Was An Inside Job Simon Lane 66 0.3 N/A
Young People's Party Robin Smith 63 0.3 N/A
Rejected ballots
Turnout 26.53%
Labour hold Swing
London Assembly election, 3 May 2012: Croydon and Sutton[58]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Steve O'Connell 60,152 39.1 -4.2
Labour Louisa Woodley 50,734 33.0 +13.8
Liberal Democrat Abigail Lock 21,889 14.2 -4.1
UKIP Winston T. McKenzie 10,757 7.0 +1.6
Green Gordon Ross 10,287 6.7 +1.6
Majority 9,418 6.1 -18.0
Total formal votes 153,819 98.6
Informal votes 2,165 1.4
Turnout 155,984 35.7 -13.3
UKIP primary for London Mayoral candidate, 5 September 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP Lawrence Webb Undisclosed 42.0 N/A
UKIP David Coburn Undisclosed 29.0 N/A
UKIP Mick McGough Undisclosed 7.4 N/A
UKIP Winston McKenzie Undisclosed 7.4 N/A
UKIP Michael Corby Undisclosed Undisclosed N/A
UKIP Paul Oakley Undisclosed Undisclosed N/A
UK Independence Party leadership election, 5 November 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP Nigel Farage 6,085 60.5 N/A
UKIP Tim Congdon 2,037 20.2 N/A
UKIP David Campbell-Bannerman 1,404 14.0 N/A
UKIP Winston T. McKenzie 530 5.3 N/A
Majority 4,048 40.3 N/A
Turnout 10,056 62% +1%
UKIP hold Swing
General Election, 6 May 2010: Tottenham[59]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lammy 24,128 59.3 +1.4
Liberal Democrat David Schmitz 7,197 17.7 +0.9
Conservative Sean Sullivan 6,064 14.9 +1.4
TUSC Jenny Sutton 1,057 2.6 N/A
Green Anne Gray 980 2.4 -2.2
UKIP Winston T. McKenzie 466 1.1 N/A
Independent People Together Neville Watson 265 0.7 N/A
Christian Abimbola Kadara 262 0.6 N/A
Independent Sheik Thompson 143 0.4 N/A
Independent Errol Carr 125 0.3 N/A
Majority 16,931 41.6 +0.5
Turnout 40,687 58.2 +10.4
Labour hold Swing +0.2
Summary of the 1 May 2008 Mayor of London election results
Name Party 1st Preference Votes % 2nd Preference Votes % Final %
Boris Johnson Conservative 1,043,761 43.2 (+14.1) 257,292 12.9 1,168,738 53.2 (+8.6)
Ken Livingstone Labour 893,877 37.0 (+0.2) 303,198 15.1 1,028,966 46.8 (-8.6)
Brian Paddick Liberal Democrat 236,685 9.8 (-5.5) 641,412 32.0 N/A
Siân Berry Green 77,374 3.2 (+0.1) 331,727 16.6 N/A
Richard Barnbrook British National Party 69,710 2.9 (-0.2) 128,609 6.4 N/A
Alan Craig Christian Peoples Alliance 39,249 1.6 (-0.6) 80,140 4.0 N/A
Gerard Batten UKIP 22,422 0.9 (-5.3) 113,651 5.7 N/A
Lindsey German Left List 16,796 0.7 35,057 1.7 N/A
Matt O'Connor (withdrew from contest) English Democrats 10,695 0.4 73,538 3.7 N/A
Winston T. McKenzie Independent 5,389 0.2 38,854 1.9 N/A
Veritas leadership election, 15 September 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Veritas Patrick Eston 610 52.2 N/A
Veritas Colin Brown 390 33.4 N/A
Veritas Winston T. McKenzie 168 14.4 N/A
Majority 220 18.8 N/A
Turnout 1,168 Unknown Unknown
Veritas hold Swing
Fieldway Ward By-Election, London Borough of Croydon, 16 June 2005[60]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Simon A. Hall 993 52.4 -13.0
Conservative Anthony Pearson 714 37.6 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Simon E. Hargrave 136 7.2 +7.2
Independent Winston T. McKenzie 47 2.5 +2.5
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 6 0.3 +0.3
Majority 279 14.8
Turnout 1,896 28.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election, 5 May 2005: Croydon North[61]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm Wicks 23,555 53.7 −9.8
Conservative Tariq Ahmad 9,667 22.0 −1.3
Liberal Democrat Adrian Gee-Turner 7,590 17.2 +6.8
Green Shasha Khan 1,248 2.8 N/A
UKIP Henry Pearce 770 1.8 +0.4
Croydon Pensions Alliance Peter Gibson 394 0.9 N/A
Veritas Winston T. McKenzie 324 0.7 N/A
Independent Farhan Rasheed 197 0.4 N/A
The People's Choice Michelle Chambers 132 0.3 N/A
Majority 13,888 31.7
Turnout 43,877 52.3 −0.9
Labour hold Swing −4.3
Brent East by-election, 18 September 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather 8,158 39.12 +28.5
Labour Robert Evans 7,040 33.76 –29.4
Conservative Uma Fernandes 3,368 16.15 –2.0
Green Noel Lynch 638 3.06 –1.6
Socialist Alliance Brian Butterworth 361 1.73 N/A
Public Services Not War Fawzi Ibrahim 219 1.05 N/A
Independent Winston T. McKenzie 197 0.94 N/A
Independent Kelly McBride 189 0.91 N/A
Independent Harold Immanuel 188 0.9 N/A
UKIP Brian Hall 140 0.67 0.1
Socialist Labour Iris Cremer 111 0.53 –0.8
Independent Neil Walsh 101 0.48 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Alan Hope 59 0.28 N/A
No label Aaron Barschak 37 0.18 N/A
No label Jitendra Bardwaj 35 0.17 N/A Rainbow George Weiss 11 0.05 N/A
Majority 1,118 5.36
Turnout 20,752 36.2 –15.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +29.0


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