ICG will “assess options” after Labour regains seats – and the Council
All six seats lost
The Independent Community Group (ICG) has said it will “assess all options” after falling victim to the high turnout that accompanied the general election that was held on the same day as the local poll.
The ICG lost all six of its seats in Isleworth and Syon despite attracting more votes than on the last occasion when it contested the wards. Voter turnout increased from 36% to 58% in Syon and from 37% to 62% in Isleworth as electors turned out to have their say in the general election that was being held on the same day.
ICG Organiser Phil Andrews commented: “Whilst a higher voter turnout is welcome in any democracy, it’s ironic that the outcome of a local election should be determined by a group of voters with no interest in local elections.
“All the same it is likely that our approach to the new councillors and to the new administration will be determined by their own attitude.
“If they genuinely want to work with our community in an engaged and mutually respectful way we’ll be happy to make the introductions and assist them in the process.
“However should they choose to treat our residents and their organisations like conquered serfs they will find in us a formidable adversary.”
Mr. Andrews said the ICG Committee would meet within a couple of weeks and “assess its options” about any possible future participation in elections but insisted that it was “a community group first and foremost” and could “take or leave the electoral process”.
May 11, 2010