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Greens go close to by-election win

20 December, 2019 — By Sam Ferguson

Natasha Cox, the Green Party candidate, was second, just 417 votes short

LABOUR narrowly held off the Green Party in a closely fought by-­election.

The ruling party, which occupies every seat in the council chamber bar two, held St George’s ward with candidate Gulcin Ozdemir.

Her background is in social housing ­advocacy, and she was previously chair of the parents’ association of Christ the King Primary School in Finsbury Park.

“My top priorities will be providing community safety, ensuring we secure as many genuinely ­affordable homes for local ­people on the former ­Holloway prison site and being there to help people when they need my ­support,” she said.

Natasha Cox, the Green Party candidate, was second, 417 votes short.

The party told the ­Tribune it had prioritised the council by election campaigning over general election campaigning in Islington.

“It’s frustrating to come this close and get so many votes but not have a seat on the council,” she said.

“We’re still disappointed that the council is so Labour-heavy, and we’re concerned about the lack of accountability.”

The election was called after Kat Fletcher, the ­former mayor of ­Islington, announced she was stepping down from the council.

Cllr Ozdemir received 2,918 votes, while Ms Cox polled 2,501. Then came the Lib Dems with 738, and the Women’s Equality Party with 268.

The Conservatives failed to field a candidate.

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