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Local Election Result In
Looking, as I am, to widen the scope of my musings and maybe bring a broader range of writings here, I thought I would bring news of the recent local election.
I am not politically active by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I wish to promote any party here. Notwithstanding the mention of the Liberal Democratic Party in the my header, other political parties, of varying hues and persuasions, are available.
This week saw the by-election, contested by four candidates, to fill the vacancy on the Grange Ward of South Lakeland District Council. The vacancy arose following the resignation of Councillor Dave Khan.
As many will know, local councillors are elected by the community to decide how the Council should carry out its various activities. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the ward in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office.
What is a ‘Ward’
South Lakeland District Council has 51 councillors representing 18 wards. A ward (or electoral division) is a district at sub-national level represented by one or more councillors. The ward is the primary unit of English electoral geography for civil parishes and borough and district councils, electoral ward is the unit used by Welsh principal councils, while the electoral division is the unit used by English county councils and some unitary authorities. Each ward/division has, I beleive, an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward-population counts can vary substantially.
Anyway, moving on, the four candidates were – Steve Chambers (Conservative Party), Fiona Marguerite Hanlon (Liberal Democrat Party), Robin Le Mare (The Green Party) and Patricia Wright (Labour Party). Not all the full and correct Party names I know, but, as I said, I am not a political animal!
And the Result Is
I know, I know, you’re excited aren’t you? What is it they say? ‘And the result is‘…
|CHAMBERS, Steve||Conservative Party Candidate||541|
|HANLON, Fiona Marguerite||Liberal Democrats||1,336|
|LE MARE, Robin||The Green Party||85|
|WRIGHT, Patricia||Labour Party||56|
HANLON, Fiona Marguerite was elected! Congratulations Fiona, well done!
For those intersted in such things, the turnout was 42.9% and the total number of rejected ballot papers was 4.
Well, that’s it for now – don’t forget to say hi to Fiona when you see her in and around Grange, I will for sure!