Ealing Liberal Democrats become official opposition on Ealing Council


In this May’s local elections, the Ealing Liberal Democrats made gains against the Conservatives to become the official opposition.

Liberal Democrats made gains in Ealing Common and also won a seat in the previously Tory stronghold of Hanger Hill to increase the number of their councillors to six. The Tory losses mean they are now the third party in Ealing.

In the Hanger Hill ward, new councillor Athena Zissimos was elected taking a seat from the Conservatives after a long, hardworking campaign to clean up the area. In Ealing Common, new Lib Dem Councillor Connie Hersch, was elected alongside existing Councillor Jon Ball. In Southfield ward Gary Busuttil, Gary Malcolm and Andrew Steed increased their margin of victory taking half of the vote. With only a few hundred more votes, the Liberal Democrats could have made three additional gains.

Councillor Gary Malcolm, Liberal Democrat Opposition Group Leader, said: “Liberal Democrats have put the Ealing Conservatives, who sided with Boris Johnson’s lies, and taken Ealing residents for granted, have been put now on notice. Liberal Democrats will work as a strong opposition to stand up for residents against Ealing Labour to make Ealing clean and safe. We will serve Ealing with humility and listen to residents over the next four years.”

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