Winning candidates Katrina Al-Hassan, Rachael Hunt and Ron Hardie
LABOUR gained two out of the three council seats for Emersons Green, with Conservative former cabinet member Rachael Hunt the only sitting councillor to be re-elected.
Labour’s Katrina Al-Hassan topped the poll, gaining 1,614 votes.
Tory Rachael Hunt was second, with 1,532 votes, 24 ahead of Labour’s Ron Hardie in third, on 1,508 votes.
Former town councillor and Emersons Green deputy mayor Sadik Al-Hassan just missed out on joining his wife Katrina in the council chamber for Labour, falling 10 votes short of third place with 1,498.
Sitting Conservative councillor Colin Hunt, who had been a district councillor since 1987, was another 16 votes behind in fifth place, with 1,482.
The third Tory candidate, Alka Mehta-Graham, who had been hoping to take over from retiring councillor Judy Adams, ended up in sixth on 1,183 votes.
Green candidate Sian Harris was seventh, with 876 votes, coming in 452 votes ahead of the three Liberal Democrats.
Labour’s total of 4,620 votes represented 43% of the overall total and an average of 1,540 per candidate, but differences in the personal number of votes for each candidate gave the Conservatives one seat to show for their 4,197 votes, 39% of the total.
Katrina Al-Hassan (Lab): 1,614
Rachael Hunt (Con): 1,532
Ron Hardie (Lab): 1,508
Sadik Al-Hassan (Lab): 1,498
Colin Hunt (Con): 1,482
Alka Mehta-Graham (Con): 1,183
Sian Harris (Grn): 876
Gabriela Miron (LD): 424
Susan Walker (LD): 324
Laurence Walker (LD): 306