A Poll which took place during wera.org.uk’s Streatham Constituency Parliamentary Candidates WERA Asks, has put the Labour Candidate out in a commanding lead with sixty three percent of the vote with Liberal Democrat Candidate, Chris Nicholson in second place with Thirty per cent of result.
WERA Asked the four Parliamentary Streatham nominees to succeed current MP Keith Hill at this year’s General Election twenty questions and held the poll to gauge opinion of who people thought was the best candidate to become the next Member of Parliament.
With the election expected on May 6th, Labour Candidate Chuka Umunna came out as the clear front runner though during the vote was closely followed by Mr Nicholson.
Conservative Candidate, Rahoul Bhansali came out a drifting third place with just three per cent of the vote with the Green Candidate getting no votes in the online poll.
The Candidates who are currently fighting it out to win the hearts and minds of local people have all taken part in the interviews to give their views on what they can offer the voters of the Streatham Constituency which is also made up of areas in Clapham, Brixton, Balham and Tulse Hill.
The poll which though not any proper indication of the wider preferences with just 30 votes cast did show that the two horse race is clearly between Labour and the Lib Dems who both insist they can win the seat to be the new MP.
Current MP Keith Hill is set to retire from parliament after 18 years and will hand over the mantle of representing the areas to one of the new candidates. Chuka Umunna who lives in the constituency is keen to fulfil a life long ambition of representing the place he has grown up and lives in describing it as ‘Fantastic to be able to put something back into the community I am from.’
Liberal Democrat Candidate, Chris Nicholson who has moved into the constituency in order to be able to represent it and has told of his ambition to bring much needed change to the area as MP after adopting children and working for numerous charities.
The fight for the finishing post is certainly set to be a close call though this poll suggests that Chuka has a decisive lead over his opponents.
Three of the candidates have visited and been shown around Weir Estate and have promised to continue to support the efforts of the residents Association to bring change to the community and the area as well as supporting the needs and rights of the residents.
WERA’s Chair took the opportunity following the results to wish all four candidates well “As Chair of WERA we will strive to work together for the benefit of our area and would like to wish them all the very best in their quest to become the MP for the area, I am sure whoever is elected come what May will do their very best and upmost to make real change and move Lambeth Forward, we would also like to thank all four candidates who took part in our fantastic Candidates WERA Asks”
During the six weeks that the parliamentary Candidates exclusive WERA Asks Interviews where a main focus of the associations website on wera.org.uk saw a huge increase in people visiting WERA’s ever changing dynamic website over the time in which they where being displayed as the main interviews, also all four candidates interviews were displayed together for any that visitor’s missed in previous weeks.
Prime Minister, Gordon Brown is yet to announce the General elections but all media reports suggest that the PM will call it for the same day as the local elections in which Councillors will also seek election as well as who will be in control of Lambeth for the next four years.