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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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Polling stations open for trio of elections

Posted on Thursday 7th May 2015 at 9:08 am by SH (Editor)

Elections in Bradley Stoke on Thursday 7th May 2015.

Bradley Stoke has seven polling stations open today for voting in the 2015 general, district and town elections.

The local polling stations (open until 10pm) are:

  • Baileys Court Activity Centre
  • Bradley Stoke Evangelical Church, Baileys Court Road
  • Brook Way Activity Centre
  • Church of Christ the King, Mautravers Close
  • Holy Trinity Church, Broad Croft
  • Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road
  • St Joseph’s Centre (within St Mary’s School), Juniper Way

As well as choosing a member of parliament to represent the Filton and Bradley Stoke parliamentary constituency, voters are also being asked to select their representatives on South Gloucestershire Council and Bradley Stoke Town Council.

Electors in the newly created parish of Stoke Lodge and The Common, who are being asked to select nine members for their new parish council, have a single polling station at Amberley Road Baptist Church.

For information about the candidates, visit our information pages:

The Journal will be reporting LIVE from tonight’s parliamentary count at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE Campus, starting at around 10.30pm. The Press Association estimates that the result will be announced at around 2.30am.

Votes in the district and town/parish elections will be counted on Friday (8th May) at Thornbury Leisure Centre, with the results being announced in the late afternoon/early evening.

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Photo: Polling station at Brook Way Activity Centre (archive image).

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Church gives local people a chance to grill their major party candidates

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 12:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Election Forum in Bradley Stoke on Sunday 12th April 2015.

From healthcare to the economy, crime and employment – residents from Bradley Stoke and the surrounding areas will get the chance to quiz some of their local parliamentary candidates on the issues that matter to them at an election forum on Sunday 12th April.

Local candidates from the five main political parties will be taking part in a hustings event at Bradley Stoke Community School from 7.30pm to 9pm, hosted by Bridge Community Church.

To make the event more accessible, people are being offered the opportunity to submit their questions online beforehand. Questions will also be taken from the audience on the evening itself.

Dotun Olowoporoku of Bridge Community Church, Bristol.

Hosted by local businessman and Bridge Community Church member Dotun Olowoporoku, the forum will give people in the community a chance to meet Conservative candidate Jack Lopresti, Labour candidate Ian Boulton, Liberal Democrat candidate Peter Bruce, Green Party candidate Dr Diana Warner and UKIP candidate Ben Walker and hear their views on major issues that are important to people living in the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency.

Host Dotun said:

“Being able to have a meaningful debate like this is so exciting because, here in the UK, our democracy, with all its flaws, is far more mature and sophisticated than the democracy in Nigeria, where I was born.”

“The candidates will answer questions on areas which are important to us locally. Issues such as jobs, education and immigration don’t just affect our individual lives but our life as a community and nation.”

“We want to use our vote wisely and want to hear what each party has got to say before we make our decision.”

The hustings is being hosted by Bridge Community Church and supported by local churches Christ the King in Bradley Stoke and St Chad’s in Patchway.

More: How to submit your question online before the meeting »

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Jack Lopresti commences re-election campaign

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 11:50 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti.

Following the dissolution of parliament on Monday 30th March, Jack Lopresti (Conservative) has officially commenced his campaign to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Filton and Bradley Stoke (FABS).

Born in Southmead Hospital in August 1969, Mr Lopresti has lived and worked in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area all his life. He lives locally in Filton with his wife, Lucy. The couple have three children.

On leaving school, he worked in his family’s ice cream and catering business. He then worked in the financial services and residential property sectors.
Mr Lopresti served with 29 Commando RA as a mobilized reservist for a year and, in the autumn/winter of 2008-9, he was deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 9.

Outlining his priorities for a possible second term as the local MP, Mr Lopresti commented:

“Defence of the Realm is the most important duty of any Government and it will remain my highest priority.”

“As a veteran I will continue to represent and work for veterans’ interests in the House of Commons and here locally.”

“If fortunate enough to be re-elected, I will continue to work to ensure that Filton and Bradley Stoke remains at the heart of Britain’s defence industry – delivering investment, manufacturing and high tech jobs.”

“I will continue to work to secure new jobs and apprenticeships. Since May 2010, unemployment has fallen by 47%. During the same period, youth unemployment more than halved and the number of apprenticeships in Filton has increased by 60%.”

“As a country, we need to build more homes, so that more of our young people can get onto the housing ladder and we need to continue to improve local infrastructure. I will continue to work with the Government and the local council to ensure that the infrastructure is robust enough to support the new homes and the new jobs coming into our area.”

“I will continue to protect the NHS and will continue to work to improve health provision locally.”

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

Others that have previously announced their intention to stand for the FABS seat are: Ian Boulton (Labour), Pete Bruce (Liberal Democrat), Ben Walker (UKIP) and Diana Warner (Green). The full list of candidates will be officially announced on Thursday 9th April.

An Election Forum will take place at Bradley Stoke Community School on Sunday 12th April.

Read more: 2015 General Election in FABS (The Journal)

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