Ann Blackburn was returned as the councillor for Farnley & Wortley ward following the local council elections of 7th May. Ann received 3,831 votes (36.5%) with Labour coming second with 3208 votes (30.5%), the result being announced at the Leeds Arena today. The result means that the Green Party retains 3 councillors in the Farnley & Wortley ward.
Elsewhere in the Leeds West wards Nick Crawley’s 1108 votes in Armley saw the Greens finish 3rd, Kate Bisson polled 791 in Bramley & Stanningley, and Meadow Hudson came 2nd in Kirkstall with an impressive 1755 votes. In the General Election Andrew Pointon’s 3,217 votes (8.4%) was the best ever Green result in the Leeds West constituency.
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Terry Wilford (left) with local party Secretary Andy Pointon
Greens in Leeds are celebrating today after Terry Wilford was elected in Farnley & Wortley ward to bring the total of Green councillors once again to three. The sitting Labour councillor, who was elected in a larger turn out for the General Election in 2010, found himself beaten into third by UKIP. A UKIP surge made the result closer than most years, but Terry’s 1900 votes and 34.33% share proved worthy reward for hard work throughout the year leading up to the election.
The full result follows:
A delighted Terry said of the result:
“I am just so pleased to be elected and want to do right by the ward and raise the Green profile with an outstandingly human empathy touch. A big thank you to everyone for their support, I hope to repay that trust in me. I want to positively address issues, and increase awareness of the green agenda.”
In the other Leeds West wards the Green results were as follows:
Armley Yvonne Clark 669 (12.92%)
Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson 358 (7.51%)
Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans 724 (14.28%)
There were some very postive results elsewhere in Leeds. In Headingley Joe Salmon moved the Green Party from third to clear second with 1036 votes finishing 260 votes behind the Labour victor. This represented a 29.99% share of the vote, up from the 16.56% obtained in 2012. It was clear that the NGT Trolleybus issue garnered plenty of new support for the Greens. In the nextdoor ward of Hyde Park & Woodhouse, Chris Foren finished second with 865 votes (22.46%) beating both Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates. The Greens finished third in Armley, Chapel Allerton, City & Hunslet, Garforth & Swillington, and Kirkstall.
Across the city 17203 people voted Green, an average of 9.17% per ward. The Green Party beat the Liberal Democrats in 26 wards and the Conservatives in 6 wards.
The full results can be found here.
On 27th May at the Leeds City Council Annual General Meeting the two Green Party councillors voted with the Labour group’s 48 members to enable Labour to form a new minority administration to run the Council.
Cllr. David Blackburn, Green Party spokesman on Fuel Poverty and Climate Change today welcomed the Green Party’s agreement that has enable Labour to take control in Leeds.
A key element of the Green Party’s agreement with the incoming Labour administration is to secure funding for a free insulation programme for all private households in the Leeds Council area.
It is estimated that this programme would cost around £30 million over a three year period, but half these costs would be met by energy utilities under their Carbon Emissions Reduction Target obligations. Around 90,000 homes would receive free loft insulation or cavity wall insulation saving a minimum of £100 per year off their energy bills. This would put around £8 million back into the local economy each year and the value of those savings would rise as energy bills rise.
Cllr. David Blackburn said:
“This programme would create 200 new jobs and save 48,500 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide emissions whilst cutting residents’ energy bills.
The Greens and Labour will work together to identify the capital resources necessary to make this scheme a reality over the coming months. It is anticipated that this programme will commence in 2011-12 and will enable the Council to hit the previous Government’s target on insulating every loft and cavity wall by 2015.”
This proposal is based on a similar free insulation scheme that was successfully proposed by the Green Party in 2007 in Kirklees. The programme there has insulated over 50,000 homes and has won several awards.
Leeds City Council Green Group Press Release
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.”