Ludlow Town Council elections 2017: The results

Elections took place in two wards, Hayton and Whitcliffe. Candidates in five wards were elected unopposed. Three councillors will be co-opted into vacancies.

Hayton Ward. Erica Garner topped the poll with 170 votes. Mark Clark gained 158 votes and Kevin Newbold 123. Garner and Clark are elected.

Whitcliffe Ward. Tim Gill topped the poll with 334 votes. Nicola Paton gained 148 votes and Jim Smithers 110. Gill and Paton are elected.

There are three new faces on the council, Erica Garner, Nicola Paton and Robin Pote.

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Shropshire Council Elections 2017: The results for Ludlow and Clee

Thank you everyone. Our Ludlow team has been re-elected with increased majorities. This post gives the detailed results for Ludlow and Clee and a summary of the results for Shropshire unitary council.

Ludlow East. Tracey Huffer re-elected for the Liberal Democrats with 64% of the vote – up from 50% in 2013. Turnout: 35%.

Ludlow North. Andy Boddington re-elected for the Liberal Democrats with 69% of the vote – up from 45% in 2014. Turnout: 43%.

Ludlow South. Vivienne Parry re-elected for the Liberal Democrats with 66% of the vote – up from 47% in 2013. Turnout: 44%

Clee. Richard Huffer re-elected for the Liberal Democrats with 61% of the votes – up from 49% in 2013. Turnout: 49%.

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Polls are open for Shropshire Council and parish council elections

Polling stations opened at 7am this morning for unitary and local council elections across Shropshire. Here is Ludlow, all four unitary seats are being contested, along with two town council seats.

The polls close at 10pm tonight. The votes will be counted tomorrow. Please vote for your Lib Dem candidate. We work hard for the interests of the areas we represent and for the future of our county.

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Shropshire Tories scrap election leaflet and apologise to Oz mental health charity

With less than a month to go to the local elections, Shropshire Conservatives have withdrawn the printed edition of their election manifesto (it’s still here online). This follows my discovery that an image that purported to be of Conservative supporters was lifted without permission from an Australian charity website. The image shows the staff of a mental health charity from Tasmania and Queensland. It is a typical workplace photograph and was taken on 28 June 2013.

The BBC is reporting that the Conservatives have now formally apologised to the charity and have promised to no longer distribute the leaflet.

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Shropshire Tory manifesto cheats with photo of mental health workers from Oz

You couldn’t make this story up. If it hasn’t already arrived, you might soon be getting a copy of the Shropshire Conservative manifesto through your letterbox. Most of us would think that the banner photograph on the front page of the manifesto is of thirteen Tory activists or supporters. But look carefully. It took me a while to spot what is wrong with the photograph. Then it clicked.

After that light bulb moment, it took me just minutes to discover that the image is not of Shropshire supporters at all. Not even of Tory supporters. The photograph has been lifted from an Australian mental health charity website.

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