Party gains impressive haul of votes after short campaign.
The West Midlands has chosen its new Police and Crime Commissioner. The Labour Party Candidate Simon Foster will now serve in the role. His haul of 301, 406 (first and second preference) votes were enough to secure victory.
However, despite defeat at the Polls, there is good reason for the We Matter Party (WMP) to celebrate.
Following a short but vigorous election campaign the WMP’s Desmond Jaddoo received a total of 7,745 votes. And this despite the newly formed party only registering with the Electoral Commission in March 2021.
Results in Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton are below.
The figures are encouraging and according to WMP’s Desmond Jaddoo, mark the start of something special.
Speaking at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham he said, “It [the amount of votes polled] doesn’t sound a lot, but it’s a lot, because it’s a beginning.”
“I just want to thank everyone in the team for playing their part, and members of the community. What it does is it lays a firm foundation for next year and us moving forward as a people and as a party.”
The WMP Leader was quick to dispel any suggestions that the party should be disappointed with the results.
“If we didn’t stand we’d never know,” Jaddoo continued, “And having tested this water we can see that there is a requirement, there is a passion for the community to come together. And for us to step up into that political representation. This is a beginning, definitely not the end.”
The next general election are expected to take place in May 2024. Local elections are also scheduled for May 2022.
Looking ahead Jaddoo said, “Look, we’re people of vision. This is only a small piece of the jigsaw. We knew that with the [political] machinery [being utilised by others] it’s a case of David and Goliath. But where we are at the moment, irrespective of the result, the only way is up.”
Also in attendance, WMP’s General Secretary Charlie Williams said, “The We Matter party is made up of grass-roots activists, community leaders – we have many, many people within our team who have been working for the community for several decades.
“So we have the experience of running campaigns, we have the experience of seeking justice and rooting for our community. We do this day and night.
“And, we’re known in the community. They know the work we do. Hence, they’ve come out and voted. This is just the start. All we’re doing at the moment is building a foundation, and the number of votes that we have now is enough to build that foundation and go forward to this time next year when we have the local elections.
“We’re gonna be a force to be reckoned with.”
Enfield Results Declared
With WMP’s Hughie Rose gaining 37 votes in the Southbury Ward By-Election in London the final tally of votes is 7782. The 37 votes for Rose, after a similarly short but intensive campaign, were not enough to win the seat. However, the WMP candidate finished ahead of the Taking the Initiative Party of Britain’s (TTIP) Jennifer Morrison.
Considering that TTIP is a party that has been registered since 2017, Rose’s achievements is further cause for celebration.
He said, “We ran a very good campaign and I ended up with 37 votes for my first time ever involved in English politics, and I feel really proud of those who voted for me. And I thank the leadership of the We Matter Party. We’re gonna be moving on to bigger things and better things.”
Time for Growth
At the business end of an election week that’s seen the Conservatives make a net gain of 12 councils and Labour lose control of eight councils, WMP can be satisfied with its achievements. The impressive voting statistics are complimented by growing support of its social media platforms. Almost 900 people are following the party’s Facebook page. Numbers are stacking up on its twitter and instagram accounts also.
WMP Media Director, Mkuu Amani sees no reason why the party shouldn’t continue to grow. He explained why support for WMP is becoming more apparent both online and on the ground.
“We Matter Party care for the community and the community is beginning to respond to that politically. ” Amani said. “We are seeing increase in visits to our website and growth in the number of people subscribed to our newsletter. And clearly, despite WMP being such a new political party, ahead of the elections we managed to reach communities across the West Midlands and in London, in a very short space of time.”
“Our election campaign, though tough and challenging, has proved to be successful and certainly worth our efforts. The results in Walsall and Dudley I find particularly encouraging because we couldn’t give those areas as much time as we would have liked to.
“What we can’t afford to do now though, is take our foot off the pedal. This is a time to build and grow upon what we’ve achieved. I’m confident that we will do this, simply because we are sincere in putting people and the community first.”
To read the full results of the elections for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner visit https://www.westmidlandspcc.info/results/
To read the results of the Enfield By-Election – Southbury visit https://new.enfield.gov.uk/news-and-events/enfield-by-election-results/