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Jack Lopresti holds FaBS but has majority halved

Posted on Friday 9th June 2017 at 7:43 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

Conservative Jack Lopresti has retained his Filton and Bradley Stoke (FaBS) parliamentary seat but with a much reduced majority of 8.2 percent, compared to 20.0 percent in 2015. His share of the total votes cast was 50.0 percent (46.7 percent in 2015).

Labour’s candidate Naomi Rylatt finished second with a 41.7 percent share of the vote, significantly up from the 26.6 percent her predecessor Ian Boulton achieved in 2015.

The Liberal Democrats’ share of the vote dropped from 7.3 percent in 2015 to 6.0 percent, while the Green Party’s share fell from 4.6 percent to 2.3 percent.

UKIP did not field a candidate. Their prospective candidate, Ben Walker, who polled 14.8 percent of the vote in 2015, had said it would have been “wrong” to stand  … “and potentially affect the result, knowing that [Mr Lopresti] has now given his commitment to Brexit”.

The turnout was 70.2 percent, compared to 68.9 percent in 2015.

Full result:

  1. Jack Lopresti (Conservative) 25,339 [+3.3%]
  2. Naomi Rylatt (Labour) 21,149 [+15.1%]
  3. Eva Fielding (Liberal Democrats) 3,052 [-1.3%]
  4. Diana Warner (Green Party) 1,162 [-2.3%]

* Percentages are percentage point changes in vote share compared to 2015

Photo: Archive image of Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

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Metro Mayor election on 4th May

Posted on Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 9:25 pm by SH (Editor)

West of England Mayoral Election, 4th May 2017.

Voters in Bradley Stoke and across the wider West of England region are being called to choose a ‘Metro Mayor’ in a poll to be held on Thursday 4th May.

The election follows the decision by three local councils – Bath & North East Somerset; Bristol; and South Gloucestershire – to accept a devolution deal proposed by the government.

Features of the West of England devolution deal include:

  • Control of a new additional £30 million a year funding allocation over 30 years, to be used to boost growth in the region
  • Devolution of multi-year transport budgets, enabling the region to deliver transport projects with greater certainty that the funds are in place
  • Responsibility for the adult education budget, helping the region ensure that adult skills provision meets the needs of local businesses and learners
  • Enhanced powers to speed up the delivery of new housing in line with the Joint Spatial Plan

A new West of England Combined Authority was established in February 2017 to oversee the new powers. The authority’s current members are Cllr Tim Warren, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council; Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol; and Cllr Matthew Riddle, leader of South Gloucestershire Council.

Following the mayoral election on Thursday 4th May, the authority will be chaired by the new West of England Mayor.

Most decisions made by the authority will require the agreement of a majority of the four members – provided this includes the Mayor.

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Another clean sweep for the Conservatives in district and town elections

Posted on Monday 11th May 2015 at 9:29 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Conservative candidates and supporters at the 2015 local elections count in Thornbury.

Local Conservatives are celebrating a clean sweep of all five Bradley Stoke seats in the South Gloucestershire district elections and all 15 seats on Bradley Stoke Town Council, repeating their across the board victory at the last local elections in 2011.

The results leave former town mayor Ben Walker, who defected to UKIP a year after being elected on a Conservative ticket in 2011, without a seat on either council.

The winning Conservative candidates for places on South Gloucestershire Council were Paul Hardwick in Bradley Stoke North, Brian Hopkinson and Sarah Pomfret in Bradley Stoke Central & Stoke Lodge, and John Ashe and Roger Avenin in Bradley Stoke South.

In Bradley Stoke North, Hardwick polled 832 votes, well ahead of Walker on 479, with the Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates taking third and fourth places respectively.

Hopkinson (1,838 votes) and Pomfret (1,452) finished well clear of Labour candidate Anne Addison (1,022) in Bradley Stoke Central & Stoke Lodge, with UKIP, Liberal Democrat and independent candidates filling the minor places.

Similarly in Bradley Stoke South, John Ashe (1,912 votes) and Roger Avenin (1,799) had healthy margins over Labour candidate David Addison (1,124), followed by the second Labour candidate, two UKIP candidates and two Liberal Democrat candidates.

The three seats in Stoke Gifford ward, which incorporates some parts of south Bradley Stoke, were also won by Conservatives.

A swing to the Conservatives across South Gloucestershire saw them take overall control of the council (previously no overall control) with 40 seats (+7), ahead of the Liberal Democrats with 16 (-5) and Labour on 14 (-1). The defeat of Ben Walker leaves UKIP with no representation on the unitary council.

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Jack Lopresti retains Filton and Bradley Stoke seat with increased majority

Posted on Friday 8th May 2015 at 7:38 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti (centre) makes a speech after retaining the Filton and Bradley Stoke parliamentary seat in the 2015 general election.

Conservative Jack Lopresti has retained his Filton and Bradley Stoke parliamentary seat with an increased majority of 20.0 percent, compared to 14.3 percent in 2010.

Labour’s candidate Ian Boulton finished second with a 26.6 percent share of the vote, slightly up from the 26.4 percent he polled in 2010.

Ben Walker, the UKIP candidate, finished in third place, on 14.8 percent.

The Liberal Democrats’ share of the vote crashed from 25.3 percent in 2010 to 7.3 percent, while the Green Party’s share improved from 0.9 percent to 4.6 percent.

The result was announced at around 5.45am, following a longer than expected count in a very chilly main sports hall at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE campus in Stoke Gifford.

The Press Association had earlier published an expected result time of 2.30am, but the initial process of separating the three different types of ballot paper (for parliamentary, district and town/parish elections), which had all been placed into the same ballot boxes at polling stations, had not even been completed by that time.

The turnout was 69.0 percent, compared to 70.0 percent in 2010.

Full result:

  • Jack Lopresti (Conservative) 22,920
  • Ian Boulton (Labour) 13,082
  • Peter Bruce (Liberal Democrats) 3,581
  • Ben Walker (UKIP) 7,261
  • Diana Warner (Green Party) 2,257

Focus now turns to the district and town election counts, which take place from 2pm this afternoon (Friday 8th May) in Thornbury. Results are expected to be announced by “late afternoon/early evening”.

Photo: Jack Lopresti makes a speech after being declared the winner.

Related link: Video of the official result announcement (BSJ Facebook)

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