LABOUR man Mohammed Ali delivered a knockout punch to complete an election campaign four years in the making.
There was nothing ‘laboured’ about this hat-trick of victories chalked up by the men from the red corner, with sitting duo Tahir Aziz (1,106, four-year term) and Mohammad Raja (1,060, two-year term) following Ali (three years) into office.
Victory for Cllr Ali, in particular, will be all the sweeter after he was forced into a prolonged legal dispute following electoral fraud in the then Sheerwater & Maybury ward in 2012.
While new Councillor Ali was away on business for the count, colleagues Cllr Raja and Cllr Aziz soaked up another successful campaign.
Tahir Aziz told the News & Mail: “We are very thankful to the residents for placing their trust in us. It was a very convincing win. We will be there day and night regarding the Sheerwater regeneration. We’d like to assure all resident we will be working for their issues, including green belt, future development and policing issues.”
Cllr Raja, who was the first Labour representative on the council for seven years, said: “We are very grateful for residents by showing their confidence in us. We want a balanced council.”
Mr Aziz added: “We will make the council accountable. Residents want to be represented by us; usual Conservative voters have lost confidence in the council.”
ALI Mohammad (Labour): 1,071
AZIZ Tahir (Labour): 1,106
DAVIES Gareth (Liberal Democrat): 279
DYKES Topher (Green Party): 281
JOHNS Norman (Liberal Democrat): 230
MARCUS Paula (Conservative): 868
PROVOST Matthew (Conservative): 829
RAJA Mohammad (Labour): 1,060
ROE David (UKIP): 383
SCOTT Colin (Conservative): 807
SQUIRE Judith (UKIP): 332
WHALE Rebecca (Liberal Democrat): 300
*(8 rejected votes)