The election results dominate the national news and rightly so. The Conservatives have lost control of Broxtowe Borough Council holding 20 seats. Labour are on 14 with the Lib Dems holding 5 seats. There are 2 Independent Councillors and 1 Ashfield Independent. However there is a by-election in Stapleford following the very sad death of Chris Rice, who was seeking re-election; there are two seats up for grabs in what’s deemed to be a Conservative / Lib Dem marginal.
In addition to my “take” on the elections I have some snippets of news.
Have a great weekend.
As ever, Anna
A plague on both your houses!
The results of yesterday’s Broxtowe Borough Council elections are in and as it stands, the Conservatives have lost overall control of the Council. No single party has a majority so much will depend on a by-election in Stapleford following the death of one of the candidates.
The ruling group lost 7 seats (notably three in Bramcote where the Lib Dems were returned having lost the ward in the General Election). However, the Conservatives won a seat from the Lib Dems in the Awsworth, Cossall and Trowell ward.
Given the current political situation, the shock of the evening is that Labour took only three seats (2 in Chilwell West and 1 in Eastwood). They really should have done considerably better. In Kimberley, a Labour target ward, all three incumbents were re-elected including former Labour Councillor Richard Robinson who is now an Independent. My congratulations to him and Conservatives Mel Crow and Shane Easom on their win.
Independent Councillor Richard MacRae was handsomely returned to represent Stapleford North along with Conservative Jan Goold. I was also pleased to see Trish Roberts-Thomson, from the Friends of Beeston Station, secure a win in Attenborough and Chilwell East.
Nationally, Independent candidates did remarkably well and the Lib Dems reclaimed ground lost in 2015.
I believe there was a clear message from voters to both main parties of “a plague on both your houses”, marking how British politics is indeed broken. The need for change has never been greater. My political party ChangeUK didn’t stand as we were only formed a few weeks ago. However, we are contesting the EU Elections on May 23rd.
Commiserations to all those who lost and congratulations to all those who won.
Here is a link to the full election results – here.
Illegal Horse Fair
Residents and business owners in Nuthall have continued to raise their concerns following last week’s horse fair in Nuthall after the organisers advertised further events on the site opposite Mornington Crescent. The event went ahead without incident but a number of pubs, restaurants and businesses were affected as they took the decision to close.
The landowners told me they had not given permission for the event and solicitors had been instructed. They also assured me they would resist any efforts to hold further events on their land.
I have written to the landowners to ask what steps they are taking to stop the event from returning and you can read my letter here. I will of course keep you fully informed of their reply.
New trains a long way down the track
Nottingham and Change UK MP Chris Leslie and I met Abellio, the new operators of the East Midlands railway franchise this morning. We discussed a number of issues including their plans for new ‘rolling stock’. It will take just over three years before we see the new bi-mode trains on the Midland Mainline to London. Some of the old local trains will also be replaced with more up-to-date carriages. I also asked Abellio to commit to supporting the Friends of Beeston Station campaign to ensure access for all through the installation of lifts on the platforms; it turns out they have already met. Abellio are awaiting final approval from the Government and I will be holding them to account to make sure our local services and stations are improved.
His funeral is next week at St Helen’s Church at 12.15pm. Chris had put himself forward for re-election and his passing meant the election in Stapleford South East was halted. Chris was a lovely man who never had a bad word for anyone. He was dedicated to his family and community and Chris was much loved by the many people who got to know him over the years. It was a pleasure to have known Chris and my thoughts are with his beloved family.
A report this week concluded that 80% of the worlds persecuted religious believers are Christians. The findings are in a review led by the Bishop of Truro and come shortly after the appalling attacks on a number of churches in Sri Lanka, killing hundreds of worshippers on Easter Sunday.
Religious hatred is abominable and this evening there will be a prayer vigil for the victims of the Sri Lanka bombings at the Sri Thurkkai Amman temple in Beeston – details in the diary.
My work in Parliament
Yet again we have had little business in Parliament this week. On Wednesday there was a debate on climate change which you can read here.
Yesterday I contributed to a session on the sacking of the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP. You can read my contribution here or watch it here.