Michael Lavalette has been re-elected as Respect councillor for Town Centre ward in Preston. He won 1,179 votes compared to 717 for Labour, 206 for the Lib Dems, 87 for the Conservative and 63 for the Green Party.
Michael told Socialist Worker, 'This is a tremendous result for Respect. Our majority in the town centre ward is 462 votes—as large as the entire vote that gets some Labour councillors elected.
'It is a vindication of our strategy for the the past four years of representing people, taking up casework, holding regular surgeries, and combining this with the big issues—such as opposing the war on Iraq and defending the NHS and the welfare state.
'When I was elected in 2003, Labour said that our vote was just a flash in the pan and a temporary anti-war protest vote. But we have raised our vote in the ward by 633 votes.
'We increased our vote in all areas of Town Centre ward, including in the two large predominantly white areas of the ward. This is a victory for all working class people.'
Congratulations to Michael and everyone who helped with the campaign on a great result.