Candidates for the Bradley Stoke Town Council elections, which take place on the same day as the general election (Thursday 7th May), have been officially announced.
The Conservatives, who won all 15 seats on the town council at the last election in 2011, put up the highest number of candidates (15), followed by UKIP (8) and Labour (6). The Liberal Democrats, who controlled the council prior to the 2007 elections, do not field any candidates at all this time round.
The Conservatives have already picked up one seat by default, in Stoke Brook ward, where Keith Cranney stands unopposed. They are mathematically certain to win a further two seats, one in Baileys Court ward and the other in Primrose Bridge ward, because the other parties combined do not field sufficient candidates to win all the seats available in those wards.
Since the 2011 elections, three councillors elected as Conservatives have defected to UKIP: Ben Walker, Ed Rose (both Woodlands ward) and Kim Harris (Meadowbank ward). Ben Walker once again stands in Woodlands ward, Ed Rose stands in a different ward (Manor Farm), while Kim Harris is not seeking re-election.
Two Conservative councillors are also not standing again: Robert Jones in Baileys Court ward and Sarah Pomfret in Primrose Bridge ward.
Having defeated UKIP in all three by-elections held over the current session, the Conservatives will no doubt be hopeful of winning all 15 seats for the second time in four years.
In the new parish of Stoke Lodge and The Common, which recently split from Patchway, the nine seats on the council are being contested by nine Conservative candidates, six from UKIP and one independent. All of the UKIP candidates (and one Conservative) are also contesting seats on Bradley Stoke Town Council.
A full list of candidates for both councils is shown on our 2015 Town Elections page, which also provides a link to a map showing the boundaries of the seven town council wards in Bradley Stoke.
The Journal understands that votes in the town and parish elections will be counted on 8th May at Thornbury Leisure Centre, with the results being announced in the late afternoon/early evening.
Photo: Annual General Meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council in 2011.
- 2015 General Election in Filton and Bradley Stoke (The Journal)
- 2015 District Elections (The Journal)
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