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Election results for Ledbury are in PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Friday, 03 May 2019 12:47

Counting is now complete for 52 out of 53 county council wards.

The Tories have had a trouncing, having won only 13 seats (they held 29 in 2015) and thus have resoundingly lost control of the council.  They fielded a candidate in every ward.  Other candidates fared as follows:

Independents: 18 (26 candidates standing)
It's Our County: 8 (11 candidates standing)
Green Party: 7 (12 candidates standing)
Liberal Democrats:  6 (17 candidates standing)
Labour: 0 (9 candidates standing)
UKIP: 0 (7 candidates standing)

Town ward results were:

Ledbury South Votes
Mrs Helen Ruth I'Anson Con 285 (Elected)
Mr Matthew John George Eakin LibDem 245
Mrs Maria Anne Mackness Lab 150
Mrs Emma Holton Ind 59
  Turnout 29.48%
Ledbury West Votes
Mr Phillip Bernard Howells LibDem 312 (Elected)
Mr Phill Bettington Ind 194
Ms Debbie Baker Con 151
  Turnout 24.28%
Ledbury North Votes
Ms Liz Harvey It's Our County Ind.  451 (Elected)
Mr Karl David Bufton Con 376
  Turnout 32.66%
Hope End (incl. Colwall and Bosbury) Votes
Mr Tony Johnson Con 690 (Elected)
Mr Phil Probert Lab 498
  Turnout 41.84%

Source: Herefordshire Council.

The 53rd seat, Ross North, has a sad recent history.  Councillor Jenny Hyde (Con) lost her battle against cancer in February, and the UKIP candidate for this election died since nominations closed on 4th April.  The seat will now be contested on 6th June.

There was no election for Ledbury Town Council in any of the town's 3 wards (18 seats in all) since an insufficient number of candidates were nominated.  The ten who did stand are duly elected unopposed:

North John Bannister
Liz Harvey
Dee Knight
Daniel Vesma
South Matthew Eakin
Nicholas Morris
Timothy Rae-Clarke
West Phillip Howells
Andrew Manns
Dean Whattler

The council has powers of co-option to fill the remaining 8 seats if it so wishes.