London elections 2012: Labour Assembly Member Jennette Arnold re-elected for North East constituency

Jennette Arnold

Re-elected: Labour London Assembly Jennette Arnold OBE

Hackney’s representative in the London Assembly, Jennette Arnold, was re-elected on Thursday with a much-increased majority.

The North East London constituency result, announced on Friday evening (4 May), saw Ms Arnold receive 53.08% of the vote, up from the 37.95% she won in 2008.

Second place in the seat constituency went to Naomi Newstead standing for the Conservatives, who won 18.60%, followed in third place by Green Party candidate Caroline Allen, who secured 15.46% support. Liberal Democrat Farooq Quereshi won 6.89% of the popular preferences.

Voting in the North East constituency for the London-wide members of the Assembly yielded similar results: 52.04% of the vote went to the Labour party, 18.23% to the Conservatives, 13.48% to the Greens and 6.09% to the Liberal Democrats.

In voting for the London Mayor, only 28.22% of North East constituency voters designated their first-preference the eventual winner Boris Johnson, while in this area 53.49% cast their first-preference ballots for defeated challenger Ken Livingstone. A total of 7.53% voted for Green party candidate Jenny Jones, who also placed third overall in the race, and 4.40% opted for Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick.

Overall, 12 Labour party members were elected to the 25-seat London Assembly. The Conservatives won nine seats on the body; the Greens and Liberal Democrats won two seats each.

One of the Conservatives elected was Hackney resident Andrew Boff, who had also stood unsuccessfully in the Hackney Central ward byelection.

Turnout in the North East constituency was 39%, almost exactly the same as the London average and down from 44% four years ago.