By mutual agreement, on 20th May Cllr David Blackburn took over as Leader of the Green Group on Leeds City Council from his wife Ann who had been Leader for 4 years. Ann will now take on the role of the Party’s Whip.
On 8th May in her last full Council meeting as Leader, Cllr Ann Blackburn was in fine form, speaking about several items that were being discussed.
One issue was about the Deputy Police and Crime Commisioner being a political appointment open only to the Labour Party. Cllr Ann Blackburn told the meeting that she and the Green Party did not believe either the Commissioner or Deputy were needed at all and their salaries would be better spent on frontline policing.
Ann also spoke on:
The Children’s Heart Unit at Leeds General Infirmary, calling the consultation on whether Leeds should keep the unit “a sham”.
Leeds City Market, stating that the revised strategy should offer provision to guarantee traders the ability to assign their leases.
Skills, calling for more jobs and training.
The council meeting was televised and a full recording can be watched here. There are links to individual speakers.
Cllr David Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley ward) of the Green Party has received many complaints from local residents about the bus services they endure, and shares their desire to improve the buses in Leeds. Cllr Blackburn said of the issue:
“We continue to take up the many complaints about the bus services operated by First Bus, particularly the Nos. 4 and 42. In the meantime, First Group, the owners of First Bus have successfully made a bid of approximately £390 million a year over 13 years for the West Coast Mainline rail franchise (London Euston to Manchester & Glasgow). In our view it is a pity that First did not use some of that money to invest in the bus services they run. This, of course, comes from a company who actually had a passenger strikes on its First Great Western train services due to their unreliable services.
Here in West Yorkshire (the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority) Metro has come up with proposals to take over the full bus network in West Yorkshire. They would be able to set the level of fares, including multi journey tickets, set the timetables and services and would decide which operator runs the services (similar to how bus services are run in London). Of course, the bus operators are opposed. We understand the proposals will go out to public consultation some time in October, and we would ask all those people who are dissatisfied with the current services to write to the Traffic Commissioner during the consultation.”
Cllrs. Ann & David Blackburn have also written to the US born Chief Executive of First Group, Tim O’Toole, inviting him to spend a day with them living the First Bus “experience” in Leeds and meet some of his disgruntled customers.
Farnley & Wortley Ward Green Party Candidates cover the Leeds West parliamentary constituency. Their results in the local elections held on 3rd May 2012 are as follows:
Armley Jane Morrison 596 13.57%
Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson 304 7.14%
Farnley & Wortley David Blackburn 2516 48.88% Elected
Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans 437 9.84%
The rest of the Green Party candidates in Leeds polled the following results:
Adel & Wharfedale Paul Marchant 217 3.12%
Beeston & Holbeck David Smith 256 6.65%
Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Pete Exley 312 7.81%
Calverley & Farsley Clive Lord 297 4.55%
Chapel Allerton Colin Noble 409 7.68%
City & Hunslet Neil Seepujak 331 9.29%
Crossgates & Whinmoor Ben Goldthorp 243 4.72%
Guiseley & Rawdon Colin Avison 621 9.87%
Harewood Patricia Capstick 262 4.43%
Headingley Christopher Foren 457 16.56%
Horsforth Andrea Binns 317 4.81%
Hyde Park & Woodhouse David Webb 387 14.47%
Otley & Yeadon Steven Crossan 474 6.34%
Roundhay Paul Ellis 486 7.17%
Weetwood Martin Hemingway 468 8.52%
David Blackburn was returned as a Councillor for another four years following victory in the Farnley & Wortley ward on 3rd May. Cllr Blackburn, who in 1998 became the first Green elected in Leeds, polled 2516 (48.88%) of the vote. Cllr Blackburn obtained a 908 majority over the Labour candidate David Dresser who received 1608 votes (31.24%). David Blackburn will now serve along side his wife Ann who was re-elected in 2011 and who leads the Green group on the Council.
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Caroline Lucas MP, the Leader of the Green Party of England & Wales, was in Yorkshire today lending her support to Green Party local election candidates in both Leeds and Huddersfield.For full story click here
The Green Party results in Leeds for the Local Council Elections on 5th May 2011 are as follows:
Adel & Wharfedale Paul Marchant 337 (4.08%)
Armley Jane Morrison 748 (13.70%)
Beeston & Holbeck David Smith 308 (6.56%)
Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson 514 (10.01%)
Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Peter Exley 356 (6.56%)
Chapel Allerton Colin Noble 484 (7.47%)
Crossgates & Whinmoor Ben Goldthorp 253 (3.94%)
Farnley & Wortley Ann Blackburn 2995 (47.42%) ELECTED
Guiseley & Rawdon Colin Avison 529 (6.92%)
Harewood Patricia Capstick 400 (5.36%)
Headingley Christopher Foren 682 (17.57%)
Hyde Park & Woodhouse Robert Simpson 689 (18.30%)
Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans 527 (9.35%)
Pudsey Irene Dracup 321 (4.67%)
Roundhay Paul Ellis 559 (6.53%)
Weetwood Martin Hemingway 596 (8.96%)
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