Brian Wood Wins Canvey East And Ray Howard Retains His Seat

Ray Howard retains the Canvey West seat

Ray Howard retains the Canvey West seat

Brian Wood wins the Canvey East seat

Brian Wood wins the Canvey East seat

CANVEY ISLANDERS PUT ASIDE THEIR OUTRAGE at the MPs’ expenses scandal yesterday and took a long hard look at the local issues facing the island. In the Canvey Island East Ward, Brian Wood (Independent) was elected with a majority of 170 over the incumbent Mark Howard (Conservative); and, in the Canvey Island West seat, Ray ‘Mr Canvey‘ Howard (Conservative) was returned with a majority of 293 over the Canvey Island Independent Party candidate, Peter May.

In both wards, the turnout was down significantly from the mid fifty-percents of the 2005 election — to just over 34%.

EditorialThe Canvey Island Independent Party can take some solace from the fact that Peter May came a respectable second in the Canvey West Seat; but, given that this seat was a two-horse-race from the outset, that the turnout was a mere 34% and that a large majority of voters were inclined to cast a protest vote in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal: they would be hard-put to talk the result up into any kind of endorsement for their island policies. The fact is, the only other candidate that had any hope of gaining from the public outrage was the BNP candidate — and islanders are far too savvy of that party’s particular brand of politics to ever let that happen.

In this election, islanders have fired a shot across the bows of the CIIP boat. The honeymoon is over, and, unless the party gets its act together and begins addressing real island issues, the next Borough and Parish Council elections are more than likely to see a revival in the traditional parties’ fortunes.

In the Canvey Island East Ward, Brian Wood completed his drubbing of the Conservative candidate, Mark Howard, whom he unseated from the Borough Council last year.

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