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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.
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 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.
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
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.
The Farnley & Wortley and Headingley parties continue to exist and retain their autonomy, but the new city wide party will act as a membership branch for those members without a local ward party and help new local ward parties form should they wish.
The Inaugural Meeting saw the election of the new Officers, some final amendments to the constitution, and the start of the process towards setting up a bank account. The new party is now able to concentrate on the coming elections and campaigning. The next meeting will take place after the Local Elections.
The Leeds Green Party elected Officers are:
Coordinator & Chairperson: Andrew Pointon (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)
Fundraising & Events Officer: Jane Morrison (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)
Local Party Contact: Martin Hemingway (Headingley Green Party)
Membership Secretary: Kate Bisson (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)
Nominating Officer: Ann Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)
Secretary: Chris Foren (Headingley Green Party)
Treasurer: Wendy Selina (Headingley Green Party)
At a full meeting at Leeds Civic Hall on 5th October, members of the Green Party in Leeds agreed to the formation of a city wide party.
Proposing the motion Cllr. David Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley) said that a city wide party would provide a forum for members living outside the active branches, and could provide support for the growth of new ward parties with the City.
Supporting Cllr. Blackburn, Martin Hemingway from Headingley Green Party stated that the branch would not replace the current branches, but would provide the focus for growth of the party in the City.
He said “At the moment we have three political parties that have betrayed the country, a Conservative Party imposing cuts that are not necessary, a Liberal Democrat Party that has abandoned every principle to outdo the Tories in its cuts agenda, and a Labour Party that is proposing all kinds of things that it failed to do during thirteen years of government.”
In their first detailed report to members since the agreement to support a Labour Administration in Leeds, Cllr. Ann Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley) said that some of the measures asked in the agreement were already being delivered on. The review of the future of City of Leeds School had been done resulting in the school staying open, and the biggest energy efficiency scheme in the country was in the planning stage, and would bring energy savings across the city, as homes were insulated for free. The scheme would create hundreds of ‘green jobs’ at a time when unemployment was been used again as government weapon.
Contact for the new party is 0113 2790336 – mobile 07930 116395.
Cllr. Ann Blackburn
The Labour Group of Leeds City Council, with the agreement of the Green Group, has today written to the Chief Executive announcing that they intend to form a Minority Administration which will take back control of the Council from the Conservative / Liberal Democrat Coalition that has run it for the past six years.
Councillor Ann Blackburn, Leader of the Green Group (Farnley and Wortley Ward), said:-
“Bearing in mind that Labour now have 48 of the 99 seats it would be undemocratic of us not to allow them to take control of Leeds City Council. In doing so we have put forward some matters that are important to us as a Green Party and the Labour Group have agreed to work with us to implement them.”