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Easy win for Conservative candidate in Lakeside by-election

Posted on Friday 11th October 2013 at 1:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Winning by-election candidate Benjamin Randles (left) with Cllr Trevor Jones.

Conservative candidate Benjamin Randles has been declared the winner of yesterday’s by-election in the Lakeside parish ward of Bradley Stoke.

Mr Randles, with 253 votes, finished well ahead of Derrick Powell (UKIP), with 97 votes, and Sarah Drake (Liberal Democrat), with 72.

The Labour Party did not put up a candidate.

With 1,972 people entitled to vote, the turnout was 21.8%.

The by-election was called after Charlotte Walker, last year’s Mayor of Bradley Stoke, resigned her seat because she no longer lives in the town.

It was the third by-election in Bradley Stoke since the May 2011 elections and is likely to have cost the town’s ratepayers around £4,800 to stage.

Winning candidate Benjamin Randles said:

“I would like to say thank you to all the people that came out and exercised their right to vote and to all those who voted for me. I would also like to thank all the Conservative Party members that have supported me throughout the campaign and worked tirelessly to help get me elected. I’m honoured that the people of Lakeside have put their trust in me and I look forward to working for them on the council.”

The result is likely to be seen as a disappointment for the local UKIP branch as their share of the vote dropped by about a third compared to the previous by-election in May.

Former Liberal Democrat councillor Jon Williams told The Journal:

“I am surprised that voters are still prepared to support the Conservatives in Bradley Stoke after the cuts they have made to community development and youth work in the town. These by-elections, caused by the resignation of Conservative councillors, cost the tax payers thousands of pounds, money that could well have been spent on our community.”

“The next full elections are due in 2015 and I hope that the current councillors (despite their shortcomings) will remain in place until then.”

More info: Lakeside by-election 2013 (The Journal)

Photo: Benjamin Randles (left) is congratulated by Conservative Party constituency chairman Cllr Trevor Jones after last night’s count.

The by-election result means that the political make-up of  Bradley Stoke Town Council has been restored to its state prior to Ms Walker’s defection from the Tories in May – with 12 Conservative members and three from UKIP.

More: Reaction from the local UKIP branch »

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Three-way fight in Lakeside ward by-election

Posted on Monday 30th September 2013 at 9:47 am by SH (Editor)
Sarah Drake, Liberal Democrat candidate. Derrick Powell, UKIP Candidate. Ben Randles, Conservative Candidate.

The by-election for a vacant seat on Bradley Stoke Town Council will be a three-way fight between candidates from the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and UKIP parties.

The vacancy arose due to the resignation of former Mayor Charlotte Walker (Independent), who revealed in her letter of resignation that she has been “studying away from the town for some time” and now no longer lives in the area.

Ms Walker was elected under the Conservative banner to represent the Lakeside parish ward in May 2011 and served as Mayor during the administrative year 2012/13. Shortly after her term of office as Mayor had ended, she announced that she had dumped the Conservatives to become independent.

Sarah Drake, the Liberal Democrat candidate, works for Bristol City Council and is a governor at Bowsland Green Primary School.

Derrick Powell, the UKIP candidate, is Chair of the Lakeside Residents’ Association and also coordinates the Bradley Stoke Community Speedwatch group.

Benjamin Randles, the Conservative candidate, has lived in Bradley Stoke since 1997 and is currently studying Computer Security at a local university.

More information about each of the candidates can be found on our 2013 Lakeside By-election information page.

Voting will take place on Thursday 10th October.

The Lakeside parish ward covers part of south Bradley Stoke and includes roads such as Sherbourne Avenue, The Bluebells, Meadow Way, Lavender Way and Juniper Way.

Do you live in the Lakeside parish ward? Check out the interactive map of parish ward boundaries on our Contact your Councillor page.

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Former mayor resigns from town council

Posted on Friday 26th July 2013 at 8:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Cllr Charlotte Walker of Bradley Stoke Town Council.

A Bradley Stoke Town Councillor and former Mayor has resigned her seat just two months after announcing that she had dumped the Conservatives to become independent.

Cllr Charlotte Walker was elected under the Conservative banner to represent the Lakeside parish ward in May 2011 and served as Mayor during the administrative year 2012/13. In doing so, she followed in the footsteps of her older brother, Cllr Ben Walker, who had been Mayor for the preceding two years.

In her letter of resignation, Cllr Walker writes:

“As you are aware, I have been studying away from the town for some time and now no longer live in the area. Unfortunately, due to this I am unable to fulfil my duties as a Town Councillor and feel residents should be represented by someone within Bradley Stoke. Therefore please accept this as my formal resignation from Bradley Stoke Town Council with immediate effect.”

Councillor Brian Hopkinson, the current Mayor, paid tribute to Cllr Walker saying:

“Charlotte has achieved a lot in a short time on the council serving as she has as both Vice-chair and then Chair. On behalf of councillors, staff and the public I’d like to thank her for her service and wish her the very best in the future.”

Cllr Hopkinson added:

“I understand the reasons for her personal decision.”

Formal notice of the ‘casual’ vacancy on the town council is being advertised from today.

A by-election will be called if a minimum of ten local electors request one before the deadline of Thursday 15th August. Otherwise, the vacancy will be filled by ‘co-option’, a process in which the remaining councillors appoint a person of their own choosing.

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