Month: May 2021

Local Elections 2021 – The results for Ludlow and Clee and Ludlow Town Council

I am a bit late on this post due to other commitments. But you will probably have heard by now that all four of us, Viv Parry, Tracey Huffer, Richard Huffer and myself have retained our seats on Shropshire Council. Looking at the countywide picture, we look like an oasis of calmness as the Conservatives take a battering across the county and the Greens storm Oswestry. There was a big turnout for the one contested seat for Ludlow Town Council. A new face won more than 50% of the votes. It is pretty much all change at Shrewsbury and Oswestry town councils from today. But in Ludlow, we drift on without the renewal which is essential to the health of local democracy. We need contested elections to test the strength of the existing councillor body. Otherwise, we get councillors we did not and could not vote for and then complain!

Local Elections 2021: The county results – Nutting dismissed & opposition parties gain but fail to win control

Elections can be thrilling, exhausting and disappointing all at once. That was certainly the case in the Shropshire Council elections last Thursday. Council leader Peter Nutting, the man who put Shrewsbury first in everything, was thrown off Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council. The Conservatives gained 11% more seats across England with the Boris Bounce but in Shropshire they lost 12% of their seats. For the first time, the Green Party showed strength across the county, taking four seats. Labour gained one seat and the Lib Dems two. There could not be a clearer message. Whatever is happening elsewhere in the country, the Shropshire Tories are unpopular in this county and they are failing our county.

Local Elections 2021 – Shropshire council leader Peter Nutting voted out, Lib Dems march in to Copthorne!!!

March the bands. Bang the drums. Sound the trumpets. The Conservative leader of Shropshire Council has lost his seat to a wannabe Lib Dem councillor by a mile. The feedback on the streets of Copthorne in Shrewsbury for Rob Wilson, the Lib Dem candidate has been strong for weeks. And tonight, it has been confirmed. Rob has won the Copthorne Division in Shrewsbury by 519 votes. We done Rob! Welcome to what looks like being a very different Shropshire Council. I hope…. Peter Nutting, who has led Shropshire Council since May 2017 has been retired by the electorate. Thank you voters. You have done the county a service.

Local Elections 2021: Greens and Labour gain from Tories – Lib Dems waiting in wings (1pm)

This is proving an interesting election. No one is doubting that the Conservatives will form the next Shropshire Council administration from Monday. But there are strong messages coming from the electorate that they want more action on green matters and the climate emergency, and on areas outside Shrewsbury. For the first time, a Labour candidate has been elected for Bridgnorth following years of the town being badly served, some would say dissed, by its Conservative representatives. There is a kick in the whatsits for the Tory leadership in the county. David Minnery in Market Drayton was deselected due to a perceived lack of loyalty, probably one of the few times a political party has deselected a cabinet portfolio holder. Today, David is back as an independent. He and I are not allies but I welcome the challenge he is giving the local party leadership. We will learn whether that council leadership is outgoing by the end of the day.

Local Elections 2021: Strong showing for Greens in Oswestry East but Tories win both seats – Labour & Conservatives take Bridgnorth West

In the two seat ward of Oswestry East, Chris Schofield and John Price won for the Conservatives with a combined total of 1,556 votes. The two Green candidates, Jay Moore and Olly Rose, gained 947 votes. That’s a healthy improvement the Green vote of 540 in 2017. There might be a couple of themes here. The Green Party is growing in confidence and strength here and across the country. And in Shropshire people are saying they that have had enough of the council leadership dragging its feet on the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. In another two-seater, Julia Buckley gained a seat in Bridgnorth West and Tasley for Labour and Les Winwood was returned for the Tories. But the Greens only polled 130 votes. Key Lib Dem seats have yet to be declared. The Greens have also taken Bowbrook and Oswestry South from the Tories. They gained 447 votes in Corvedale from a standing start. Oswestry East Lee Bennett (LD) 76 Graeme Currie (Lab) 324 Romer Hoseason (LD) 70 Jay Moore (Green) 501 John Price (Con) 889 Olly Rose (Green) 446 Chris Schofield (Con) 667. Bridgnorth West & Tasley Rachel Connolly (Lab) 669 Julia Buckley (Lab) 1,321 David Cooper (LD)…

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