After the elections at the beginning of the month, Ludlow Town Council is seeking to fill three councillor vacancies by co-option. Applications must be submitted by 5pm, 16 June 2017.
Nominations for candidates for the general election closed Thursday night. Here in Ludlow, four candidates are standing. Philip Dunne will bat for the Conservatives. Julia Buckley is standing for Labour. Hilary Wendt is the Green candidate. Heather Kidd will represent the Liberal Democrats.
The unitary elections were not a disaster for any political party other than UKIP. The Liberal Democrats lost one seat to the Conservatives as did Labour and an independent. The Greens lost one seat but gained another.
Although the Conservatives gained 7% more votes and one more seat over 2013, the opposition was far from decimated. Could more seats have been won if the opposition parties had cooperated? I think so. And if we had have done so, we might have created a very different, progressive future for our county.
Former Leader of South Shropshire District Council and Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd has been chosen to take on Philip Dunne in the general election. Heather is well known for her campaigns for the health service, schools and better broadband and mobile phone signal in our very rural constituency. She also pioneered affordable housing policies which delivered affordable housing to rent and buy in South Shropshire.
In last Thursday’s elections, the UKIP vote nosedived from 11% to 1%, largely benefiting the Conservatives whose vote share rose by 7%. The Greens gained 6%, partly through fielding more candidates.
The Conservatives now have 49 seats (up 3). The Liberal Democrats 12 (down 1). Labour 8 (down 1). Independent 4 (down 1). Green 1 (lost one, won one).