What a fine night that was!! The overall turnout at the poll was just over 30% which is, sadly, par for the course in a local election. However, as many people voted as in the past despite gloomy predictions about voter disillusionment.
We thank those electors who put their trust in the local Labour party and its (excellent) candidates.
Adrian Brown took Bandley Hill and brings new vigour to local politics in the south of Stevenage
Cliffhangers happen too. Teresa Callaghan took Martins Wood by 2 votes so more new vigour …… never let it be said that your vote doesn’t count. Every vote counts as this and the last local election have shown.
Claire Parris arrives as an excellent new councillor in Saint Nicholas, the peoples choice.
Loraine Rossati, refreshingly and deservedly took the Old Town from the Conservative candidate (very pleasing as he is their chairman and now, ex-councillor). We lost Chells to the Lib Dems which is regrettable and will be reversed in due course.
Other than in Chells, all our existing councillors who stood for re-election were given a solid vote of confidence by the electorate and were deservedly returned.
A special mention to all those people who returned spoiled votes. You were about 200 voters and while some of you returned blank ballots, others returned choice and quite ripe comments. The Labour Party noticed and your protest is lodged with the only political party in the town that is really on your side.
The official results for Stevenage can be seen at this link. Simon Cockle bravely stood for Labour in Datchworth and Aston. Even if he didn’t win, he beat the LibDems into last place. Results for Datchworth and Aston are available here.
Well done to all our candidates and good luck to our new Councillors.