|Green Leader and Sarah in Stroud - see new film of highlights|
See my 5 min film of the 11 results being announced for Stroud area plus links to the figures: http://stroudcommunity.tv/election-results-stroud-2nd-may-2013/
Turnout for the election was 31.8%, down from 40% - and we should not forget that boundaries have changed since the last election in 2009 and the total number of seats on the council has decreased from 63 to 53. Locally we are in third place about the Lib Dems...here are the rough calculations:
|Party Totals & %ages|
|Party||contested||10 divs 10 GP cand'ss|
, "After eight years in power on their own, the Conservatives will now have to consider trying to form partnerships to run this authority. The blue electoral map has turned to grey, but the Tories are by far the largest party. The chances of a similar coalition to that of Cameron and Clegg is unlikely in the county due to the personalities of the leaders. But the Tories are still in the driving seat. Will they offer the olive branch to the newly elected UKIP councillors? Then again, there are the three Independents who might also help the Tories get to that magic figure of 27. Or could it be that the Tories try to run the council as a minority administration and appeal to different councillors on a vote by vote basis? What is clear is that from a true blue council where votes were passed without much discussion, we now have an authority where every single vote will count."
So where does that leave the incinerator and other big issues? We will have to wait and see.....