Fri - May 4, 2007

Surprise election results


Local elections on 3 May saw District and Parish councillors elected for both Central and Tupsley wards, which cover St James and Bartonsham. Long standing Lib-Dem councillor David Fleet lost both his District and Parish seats to Independent Mark Hubbard in Central Ward, with Hubbard taking almost twice as many votes as Fleet. In Tupsley ward, a closely faught battle saw all three existing Lib-Dem councillors (Marcelle Lloyd-Hayes, Alan Taylor and Bill Walling) re-elected to the District Council, despite a very strong showing from Conservative, Green and Independent candidates.

Only 28% of voters turned out in both Central and Tupsley wards, compared to 54% in Central ward and 57% in Tupsley ward in 2003. Why do voters appear so apathetic? Perhaps they feel that after four years of being ignored by the outgoing Tory/Independent coalition there is no point in voting. Whatever the cause, the new Tory Council must ensure that both the 'cult of secrecy' that has built up in the Council and the tendency to ignore both the electorate and Government directives is addressed as a matter of urgency.

Overall, the following political parties now make up Herefordshire Council (full details on the Council site here):
Conservative 32 Councillors
Independent 12 Councillors
Lib Dem 10 Councillors
Labour 2 Councillors
Green 1 Councillor
Undeclared 1 Councillor

Thanks go to David Fleet for his service over the last four years and congratulations to those elected: now the work really starts!


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Fri - December 2, 2005

By-election Tupsley Ward - results


The poll to fill the casual vacancy in the Tupsley Ward of the Herefordshire Council and the Tupsley Ward of the Parish of Hereford was held yesterday, although with a pitiful turnout of just 27% one has to wonder just how representative the results are. St. James and Bartonsham is now entirely represented by Liberal Democrats. Tupsley ward - which includes the eastern side of the JABA area, is represented by Cllr. Marcelle Lloyd-Hayes, Cllr. Bill Walling and now by Cllr. Liz Taylor. City Ward, which covers the northern end of Green Street and the surrounding streets, and is represented by Cllr. David Fleet. For details of your councillors visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk. Read more for the results, unless you're overwhelmed by apathy ...

Herefordshire Council -Tupsley Ward:
Guy Griffiths  Independent  274
John Henry Oliver Labour party  118
John Walter Perris  Conservative  608
Elizabeth Ann Taylor   Liberal Democrat 831 ELECTED
(commonly known as Liz) 
Richard Thomas  Independent  56

Hereford Parish - Tupsley Ward:
Guy Griffiths   Independent  315
John Henry Oliver  Labour party  123
John Walter Perris  Conservative  618
Alan Paul Taylor   Liberal Democrat 834 ELECTED

For a BBC report on the by-election click here.

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