Labour hold in Tollington ward by-election

Mick Gilgunn elected with 1,243 votes

Thursday, 1st July 2021 — By Helen Chapman and Constance Kampfner

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Council leader Kaya Comer-Schwartz with newly elected Mick Gilgunn

LABOUR held its seat in the Tollington ward by-election today (Thursday) with a turnout of 22 per cent.

Mick Gilgunn won with 1,243 votes.

Cllr Gilgunn said: “I feel very privileged to serve the people of Tollington ward. It’s a community that I want to help and be a part of.

“That’s how I feel now, standing on the shoulders of giants. With all this history behind us, some great councillors in Islington, some of whom have passed away, and all this history of fighting for services, fighting for green spaces, fighting for council housing, fighting for social services and fighting for our welfare state. I’m going to serve to the best of my ability for the community in Tollington and the council.”

Green candidate Jonathan Ward received 730 votes.

Conservative candidate Vanessa Carson received 127 votes.

Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Nicolov received 94 votes.

The by-election was triggered in May after former council leader Richard Watts resigned. Cllr Watts led the council for almost eight years.

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