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Jack Lopresti re-elected for fourth term as MP

Posted on Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 9:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti MP.

Conservative Jack Lopresti has been re-elected as member of parliament for the constituency of Filton and Bradley Stoke, registering his fourth successive victory at the ballot box.

Mr Lopresti’s share of the vote dropped slightly to 48.9 percent (from 49.8 percent in 2017) but his majority increased from 4,190 to 5,646 (10.5 percent).

Local Labour activists had been hopeful that their candidate Mhairi Threlfall could build on gains made by their party in 2017, but were disappointed to see their share of the vote fall by 3.3 percentage points to 38.4 percent, reflecting a swing seen across the country.

Liberal Democrat candidate Louise Harris came a distant third in the poll on 9.3 percent, albeit managing to register a 3.3 percentage point increase in vote share compared to her party’s poor performance in 2017.

Jenny Vernon, the Green candidate, secured 2.9 percent of the vote. She was a late replacement for her party’s original candidate Tom Meadowcroft, who caused a storm by standing down and throwing his support behind the Labour candidate in a disagreement over his party’s national ‘Remain pact’ with the Liberal Democrats.

The fifth candidate, former Bradley Stoke mayor Elaine Hardwick, standing for the tiny Citizens Movement Party UK which she had formed just a few months ago, attracted just 257 of the 53,752 valid votes cast.

Turnout in the constituency was 72.6 percent, up from 70.2 percent in 2017.

More: Full result and reactions »

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Former Bradley Stoke mayor launches new political party

Posted on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 5:54 pm by SH (Editor)

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Voters could see a new party name on their ballot papers at the next general election after a former mayor of Bradley Stoke launched a new political party with ambitions to expand its membership across the UK.

Cllr Elaine Hardwick, who was first elected to the town council on a Conservative ticket in 2011 and served as mayor in 2016-17, resigned from the party in August 2018 after a disciplinary panel upheld allegations of bullying and harassment made against her.

In the May 2019 polls, she was successfully re-elected to the town council as an independent but failed in a bid to win the Bradley Stoke South seat on South Gloucestershire Council.

Cllr Hardwick’s new party, The Citizens Movement Party UK, was successfully registered with the Electoral Commission on 10th September.

Speaking to the Journal, Cllr Hardwick said she had decided to form her new party “due to residents being disillusioned with the current political situation and wanting change locally and nationally”.

Citing voters’ concerns over the state of the NHS and the possibility of the pension age being raised to 75, she added: “I have listened to many people about what concerns them, locally and nationally. Their concerns are [our] party’s concerns.”

She continued:

“The Citizens Movement Party UK will bring change, bringing back old and new values to align with each other, bring the people together, to work together and bring back a nation that was once great.”

“The party will bring back the ‘voice of the people’ and the ‘spirit of our nation’, as these values have been eroded by parliament.”

More: Policy documents are in the process of being written »

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Liberal Democrats select prospective candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 16th March 2019 at 6:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of prospective parliamentary candidates (l-r): Louise Harris, Claire Young and Dine Romero.

Liberal Democrat members in South Gloucestershire have selected their prospective candidates for the Filton and Bradley Stoke (FaBS) and Kingswood parliamentary constituencies, after re-selecting Claire Young in January to fight Thornbury and Yate.

Louise Harris, councillor for the South Gloucestershire ward of Dodington, was selected for Filton and Bradley Stoke, whilst Dine Romero, Lib Dem group leader on Bath and North East Somerset Council, will contest Kingswood.

Louise said: “It’s a great honour to become the candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke. I’m looking forward to speaking about Lib Dem priorities and values in the area. We know that South Gloucestershire and the country have been let down by the Conservatives on education, the NHS, local services and Brexit, and I’m eager to listen to residents about their concerns.”

Dine said: “The Kingswood constituency is an area with two stories. There are areas of new development here with a commuting population who will be feeling very nervous about their jobs as we approach Brexit day, and there is another group living with deprivation in their community who want answers to Conservative austerity. The Lib Dems demand better than Brexit, which will only make that struggle worse.”

Claire Young added: “I’m delighted to stand alongside a team of talented women for the Lib Dems for the second election in a row. Voting Lib Dem here is a positive choice against the usual disappointing palate of bland politicos that will fill the Conservative and Labour tickets. Across our area, people are starting to demand better from Westminster, and I know Louise and Dine can provide it.”

Related link: South Glos Liberal Democrats

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 31). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Labour party selects local MP candidate

Posted on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Mhairi Threlfall.

The Filton and Bradley Stoke Labour Party has selected an up-and-coming Bristol councillor, Mhairi Threlfall, as its new candidate for the next general election. It is one of the first local parties in the country to choose a candidate, having made notable in-roads into sitting MP Jack Lopresti’s majority at the 2017 snap general election. Bradley Stoke is now ranked as Labour’s 56th most important Conservative target seat and is seen as a ‘must win’ for them to form a majority government.

Mhairi is originally from Scotland and moved to Bristol over a decade ago to study chemistry at the University of Bristol. She then went on to work for the University of the West England (UWE) as an enterprise educator in their Employability service.

Following her selection, Mhairi Threlfall said:

“I am honoured to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Filton & Bradley Stoke and am really looking forward to picking up from where Naomi Rylatt [Labour’s candidate in 2017] left off. I know the constituency very well, having worked at UWE for nearly 10 years and look forward to meeting thousands of Bradley Stoke residents between now and the next general election.”

Ms Threlfall has already been actively campaigning in the constituency and recently met with GKN workers at Filton to discuss their concerns about the current hostile takeover bid from Melrose.

She added:

“The Melrose bid for GKN is very worrying and I don’t think the local MP has done nearly enough to raise this issue. Filton’s extremely successful aerospace industry acts as an anchor for the regional economy, and is an excellent example of long term industry and government cooperation. Jeremy Corbyn has been consistently raising this issue in parliament, and I urge the government to use their powers under section 58 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to intervene on public interest grounds, including the impact on local jobs and our national security.”

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