COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION 2nd May 2013
UKIP in the Forest of Dean enjoyed an incredible night on 2nd May when 3 UKIP councillors were elected to the County Council. In the other 5 seats UKIP came 2nd in 4 and 3rd in 1. The full results were as follows:
|Blakeney and Bream||Richard Leppington||1190||856||1096||208||3350||1st|
|Drybrook and Lydbrook||Colin Guyton||824||416||713||74||666||120||2813||1st|
Adding to the magnificent success at County level on the same night UKIP also returned their first Forest of Dean District Councillor when Simon Roberts was elected for the Bromsberrow and Dymock ward. Simon beat his Tory opponent gaining 54.3% of the vote.
From the outset of the count it was clear that UKIP were going to have a good night and it very soon became obvious that Alan Preest would record a resounding victory, gaining more that twice the vote of any of his opponents. Chairman Richard Leppington commented “We were always hopeful that Alan would be our first County Councillor and it’s a tribute to the hard work of his and his team that he recorded such a crushing win.”
Other winners on the night were Colin Guyton and Richard Leppington himself. Both counts were much closer than Alan Preest’s and Richard’s count was completed some time after the rest which lead to a nail-biting time for all UKIP supporters present. “I’m absolutely delighted for Richard and Colin particularly as we will all have back-up in the hurly-burly of the County Council chamber” stated Alan, who tried but failed to keep a very contented smile off his face.
Throughout the County Council and the District Council elections the candidates were supported by a great team of supporters and all the candidates paid tribute to their efforts, whether writing and stuffing envelopes, delivering leaflets, erecting signs or spreading the word around the Forest of Dean.
There can be no doubt now that if you vote UKIP you get UKIP and the tired old Tory mantra about getting Labour is not relevant. Indeed it is clear that UKIP’s presence actively stopped Labour Councillor’s being returned particularly in Blakeney and Bream and Drybrook and Lydbrook where UKIP pushed them into second place. At County level UKIP is now the largest party in the Forest of Dean returning 3 councillors compared to 2 Tory, 2 Labour and 1 Independent.
If these results can be replicated in 2014 and 2015 we will not only be the largest party in the District Council but we will also have the honour of returning Tim Congdon as our UKIP Member of Parliament for the Forest of Dean.
All the successful candidates are now looking forward to working hard on behalf of their constituents as well the Forest of Dean as a whole to ensure they get the best deal for the area.
Final words came from Election Agent for all the candidates and South West regional organiser for UKIP, Jim Carver “I’m really proud of the way the team has gone about its work and I couldn’t be more delighted for them all. As the full results show UKIP is now a real force in local politics and is determined to build on its success”