It was a clean sweep for the Conservatives in the Beverley Rural, Minster and Woodmansey and St Mary’s wards in the East Riding Council elections.
On what has been a great day for the Conservative Party nationally, the Tories dominated the Beverley local ward elections, with nine Conservative candidates all re-elected for the three local wards.
East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby was re-elected to represent the Beverley Rural Ward, after receiving 4,012 votes, while Coun Phyllis Pollard and Coun Bradley Birmingham were also re-elected, with 3,738 and 3,438 votes respectively. The trio beat off competition from three Labour Party candidates and one representative each for the Liberal Democrats, Green Party and UKIP.
Coun Parnaby says the Conservatives success in the area is “indicative of the policies East Riding Council has adopted over the last four years.”
He added: “We want to serve the public the best we can.” Coun Birmingham commented: “It’s just been an emotional experience, I’m just ecstatic.”
For the Minster and Woodmansey Ward, councillors David Elvidge, Kerri Harold and Dominic Peacock retained their seats.
Coun Elvidge received the most votes - 3,050 - followed by Coun Harold, who enjoyed an impressive 2.947 votes, and Coun Peacock managed to chalk up 2,469 votes.
In the running for the Minster and Woodmansey Ward was a strong representation for Labour, which had three candidates, Liberal Democrats had two representatives, as did The Beverley Party. UKIP had one representative.
Coun Elvidge said: “I’m very proud to be part of the Minster ward and will continue working hard for that area.” Coun Peacock added: “It’s a great relief after all the weeks of extremely hard work the Conservative Party team have put into day-to-day canvassing, leafleting. I’m very pleased to be representing the Minster and Woodmansey Ward.”
Councillors Elaine Aird, with 3,069 votes, Irene Charis, with 2,456 votes, and Bryan Pearson, with 2,721 votes, kept their seats for the hotly-contested St Mary’s Ward, which had 16 candidates vying for the three seats. These included three candidates each for Labour, Liberal Democrats, The Beverley Party, two independent candidates, and a candidate each for the Green Party and UKIP.
Coun Pearson said: “I am over the moon. I feel happy. It was a tense moment waiting for the count.”
Coun Charis was “absolutely ecstatic” after hearing she had been re-elected.
She said: “What is great is that all you have learnt you can put to good use, the first time is learning.”
Voters turned out in force for the three wards. For Beverley Rural, the turnout was 69.7%, compared to 47.6% in the 2011 election. The turnout for Minster and Woodmansey was 63.3%, which is 21.3% more than in 2011. There was also a much bigger turnout for the St Mary’s ward this year, which was 69.2% compared to 49.7% four years ago.
The election count for the Beverley local wards took place at East Riding Leisure Beverley.