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May election results

May 8, 2016 5:04 PM

Congratulations to Cllr Helen Chuah who was successfully re-elected to St Anne's & St John's ward on Colchester Council along with her Liberal Democrat colleagues.

Colchester Mayor Helen Chuah
Pic from 2011 when she was inaugurated Mayor of Colchester


Across the UK, the Liberal Democrats did particularly well in Scotland widening our lead in Orkney and Shetland Islands and gaining 2 further seats. We also won 45 additional Council seats across England.

The Party did not do as well in London where we only managed to re-elect Caroline Pidgeon to the London Assembly. In the run up to May 5, it was observed that the London Liberal Democrats were neck and neck with UKIP. It was a chance for voters to choose a Liberal candidate versus one from a xenophobic anti immigration party. Sadly we lost our second seat to UKIP with a margin of only a few thousand votes.

Nigel vs Merlene

Merlene Emerson, Chinese LibDem Vice-Chair and List Candidate said:

"My political ambitions are only an extension of my community activism and I can continue to work on causes affecting Londoners regardless of whether I am in City Hall. So please carry on contacting me."

In the meanwhile the increased vote share for UKIP in the May elections signal a warning for the coming EU Referendum on 23 June where UK's future within Europe is at stake with a possible Brexit.