By Kaye Wiggins
Labour’s Mary Atkins has been elected as a councillor for the Tulse Hill ward, winning 69% of the vote in a local by-election.
Atkins won 1,575 votes, beating second-place Amna Ahmad (Liberal Democrat) who gained 277 votes.
The Green Party candidate Bernard Atwell came third with 177 votes.
In a speech to mark her victory, Atkins paid tribute to Ruth Ling, the Labour councillor whose death last month prompted the by-election.
“I look forward to carrying on the work of Ruth Ling, who worked so hard for Tulse Hill,” she said.
In her speech, at Brixton’s town hall on Thursday night, Atkins said that whilst out campaigning on the doorsteps she had noticed “anger and bewilderment” about the government’s policies.
She also warned that “apathy and alienation” affected all political parties.
Amna Ahmad told the Brixton Blog: “It’s been a really good second place result for us. We’ve got 14 councillors in the borough and we look forward to bigger and better things.”
Turnout for the by-election was 20%.
VIDEO: The moment the result was announced – and Mary’s speech
The results in full:
Mary Atkins, Labour: 1575 votes, 69%
Amna Ahmad, Liberal Democrat: 277 votes, 12%
Bernard Atwell, Green: 177 votes, 8%
Steve Nally, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: 76 votes, 3%
Timothy Briggs, Conservative: 74 votes, 3%
Elizabeth Jones, UKIP: 64 votes, 3%
Valentine Walker, Independent: 20 votes, 1%
Adam Buick, Socialist: 11 votes, 0%