Labour retain Bullsmoor ward seat in by-election

Both Labour and the Conservatives increase their vote share in the ward, reports James Cracknell

Destiny Karakus
Newly-elected Bullsmoor councillor Destiny Karakus

Labour has retained one of its two seats in Bullsmoor ward following a by-election prompted by a councillor’s resignation.

Destiny Karakus has been elected to represent Bullsmoor alongside existing Labour councillor Kate Anolue. It followed the resignation of Erin Gunes in March, for personal reasons.

While both Labour and the Conservatives increased their vote share in the ward compared with last year’s borough-wide local election, the Tories managed to reduce the gap between the parties from 21.4 percentage points in 2022 to 19.6 points now.

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This came at the expense of the Green, Liberal Democrat and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates, who all saw their vote share decline significantly.

Newly-elected Cllr Karakus said on Twitter: “Officially the youngest Labour councillor of the Enfield Council. Thank you to all comrades who helped and residents who voted.”

Despite Tory candidate Christine Bellas coming up short, Conservative group leader Alessandro Georgiou claimed it was still a positive result for his party and said on Twitter: “As far as I’m concerned this is a brilliant result for Conservatives in Enfield and if replicated at the next council election in 2026 we would win!”

Full result

  1. Destiny Karakus, Labour Party: 1,056 votes (55.8%)
  2. Christine Bellas, Conservative Party: 686 votes (36.2%)
  3. Isobel Whittaker, Green Party: 81 votes (4.3%)
  4. Tim Martin, Liberal Democrat Party: 50 votes (2.6%)
  5. John Dolan, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: 20 votes (1.1%)

Turnout: 25.84%

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