Tories retain ward seats across region

Stephen Lane and Kay West
Stephen Lane and Kay West

THE CONSERVATIVE Party enjoyed a resounding victory during the local ward elections this week.

The Tories once again secured all nine seats on East Riding Council in Pocklington Provincial, Wolds Weighton and Howdenshire Wards, despite a spirited challenge from other candidates.

In Pocklington, Councillors Kay West, Claude Mole and Stephen Lane each retained their seats, while at Howdenshire, Paul Robinson, Doreen Engall and Nick Evans enjoyed victory.

Weighton’s count was the final of the three to be announced after midday on Friday, with Dee Sharpe, David Rudd and Andy Burton all retaining their seats.

A letter penned by David Rudd in response to their victory can be read on page 8.

In response to victory in Pocklington, the Conservative winners issued a joint statement saying: “We would like to thank everyone for their support during the election and bringing about their success.

“We are looking forward to working with the parish councils, Barmby Moor, Low and High Catton, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge, Sutton & Newton-on-Derwent and Wilberfoss, and to represent residents views.

“All three councillors will strive to improve services and facilities in the East Riding of Yorkshire and continue the work they started four years ago.”

Despite their victory, it was a strong challenge from the East Yorkshire Independents, with candidate Jeff Shepherd losing out by just 235 votes.

He said: “It was very close. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of votes I got although I’m disappointed not to have got in. But, for my first election, the result was absolutely fantastic and I would like to thank everybody and will continue to support the communities that make up Pocklington Provincial ward.”

The turnout for the elections in the East Riding had risen by five per cent compared to 2007.

However, the upturn in voters is thought to be linked to the referendum for alternative voting, that locals could vote for or against at the same time as using their vote for ward councillors.

It is understood that the East Riding followed a national trend during the referendum, with two thirds of voters rejecting the alternative voting system.