David Blackburn wins with ease and good results elsewhere

David Blackburn at the Civic Hall

David Blackburn at the Civic Hall


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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Green Party 5th May 2011 Local Election Results

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%)

Thank you for your support.

Farnley & Wortley Success Brings Double Celebration

Today’s announcement of Cllr Ann Blackburn’s re-election brought a double celebration for the Blackburn family as the count was held on David’s 60th birthday. Standing in the Farnley & Wortley ward, Ann Blackburn polled an excellent 2995 votes, a 47% share. Her nearest opponent, Labour’s Stewart McKenna, polled 2353 around 37% of the vote. The Conservatives claimed 769, while the Liberal Democrats were last with 199 votes.

Cllr Ann Blackburn said of the result:

“I’d like to say thank you to the dedicated team who helped me, and to the people of Farnley and Wortley for their continued support. It was lovely on the day to have people coming along giving me the thumbs up and seeing the Green Party posters in people’s windows. You get a continuous buzz from people’s support. The idea is to have someone in the ward who they know and works hard for them. That’s the key. But it was a good clean campaign between the candidates and a lot of work went into it. I look forward to carrying on doing my best for the people of Farnley and Wortley.”

Elsewhere the other Farnley & Wortley Green Party candidates returned improved figures. Jane Morrison in Armley polled 748 (13.7%), Kate Bisson polled 514 (10%) in Bramley & Stanningley, and Morgan Tatchell-Evans polled 527 (9.35%) in Kirkstall.

Farnley & Wortley Green Party would like to thank you for your support.

Ann Blackburn reselected as Local Elections candidate

Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas with Ann Blackburn (right)Farnley & Wortley Green Party has reselected Ann Blackburn as your  Green Party candidate for the Local Council Elections on Thursday 5th May 2011.

Ann Blackburn is 57 years old and is married to David Blackburn. She has a grown up son and step-daughter. Originally from Armley, she has lived in Farnley for 28 years and worked in the area previous to that time. Ann was elected to Leeds City Council in 2002 and had represented the Farnley & Wortley area since that time. She is Leader  of  the Council’s Green Group.

A Message from Ann

It is now just under nine years since you elected me as one of the Green Councillors on Leeds City Council. During that time we have been able to achieve many things, but there is still much more to do. To me being a councillor is not just about attending meetings, but doing things in the community, and over the years I and the Green Party team have worked hard tramping the streets leafleting and door knocking in all weathers. You can be assured that as long as I am physically able I will be out at the front doing the same and trying to do my best for the people of our communities.

I ask you to support me on Thursday 5th May 2011 so that I can continue in my efforts to benefit Farnley and Wortley as a whole.

Other Farnley & Wortley Green Party Candidates

The Farnley & Wortley Green Party have selected the following people as their candidates for the Local Council Elections in May:

Armley Ward Jane Morrison

Bramley & Stanningley Ward Kate Bisson

Kirkstall Ward Morgan Tatchell-Evans

Pudsey Ward Irene Dracup

Green Party Candidates in other Leeds Council wards

Adel & Wharfedale Paul Marchant

Beeston & Holbeck David Smith

Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Peter Exley

Chapel Allerton Colin Noble

Crossgates & Whinmoor Ben Goldthorp

Guiseley & Rawdon Colin Avison

Harewood Patricia Capstick

Headingley Christopher Foren

Hyde Park & Woodhouse Robert Simpson

Roundhay Paul Ellis

Weetwood Martin Hemingway

Please support a Green Party candidate in the May elections. More Green Councillors working hard for you around the year means a better, cleaner, more sustainable Leeds.

National news round up

Caroline Lucas MP

The General Election of 6th May saw the historic election of the UK’s  first ever Green Party Member of Parliament, Caroline Lucas MP who won in the constituency of  Brighton Pavilion.

On 25th May Caroline Lucas  Green MP, writing for Channel 4, proposed an alternative Queen’s Speech for the State Opening of Parliament.

The alternative speech sets out the priority “to modernise the British economy for a low-carbon future, to create an economy more balanced between manufacturing and services, more resilient in the face of financial crises, where wealth is more equitably distributed and the more vulnerable in society are offered greater protection” – beginning with a £44 billion investment package which would create over one million new jobs and training places, mostly in the low-carbon sectors the Greens believe the UK must develop rapidly in order to meet demanding CO2 targets.

The speech promises to tackle the budget deficit, but with greater emphasis on taxing higher incomes. It refers to halting any new private finance initiative (PFI) schemes, and to keeping the Royal Mail in public ownership.

The alternative speech also talks about wide-ranging financial reforms which would include separating retail from investment banking, setting up a national network of not-for-profit community banks, severe restrictions on bankers’ bonuses and the introduction of a “Robin Hood tax” on financial transactions. The redistributive tax measures will ensure that a non-means-tested citizen’s pension may be introduced at the level of £170 for individual pensioners and £300 for couples. This will ensure that no British pensioner is living below the poverty line.

Other measures would include an early withdrawal from Afghanistan and the scrapping of the Trident missile system and its proposed replacement.

The full article can be found here.

On 27th May Caroline Lucas MP delivered her maiden speech to Parliament, a truly historic moment. Caroline’s full speech can be read here.