Labour’s Choice to fight Patrick McLoughlin

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Andy-Botham-(Lab)_tcm44-224679Derbyshire County Councillor Andy Botham is Labour’s choice to fight the Derbyshire Dales seat at the next general election.

Derbyshire Dales is one of three parliamentary seats which cover Amber Valley

 

 

Council and Labour group leader Paul Jones said’ I have worked with Andy at the County Council and he is a person who is well respected, hard working and committed to public service.Ironically the sitting MP Patrick McLoughlin is Transport sectary and Andy is a Train driver and really do come at public transport from different perspectives. The Labour Group look forward to working with Andy to win the seat for Labour next year’

Leader’s article for Progress magazine

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Council Leader  Paul Jones wrote the following article for the progress online  magazine

Council Leader wrote the following article for progressonline
The difference a Labour council can make
Largely unnoticed by the national media, obsessed as ever by the London results, the former mining area of Amber Valley in Derbyshire went Labour for the first time in 14 years at last month’s local elections.

The impact of the Labour victory was obvious to everyone present, not least the sitting Tory MP whose parting comments to the local media about his own position that ‘it was hard to be confident’ about next year’s general election summed up what we all knew about the Tories in Amber Valley.

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Labour come second in delayed election

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Labour came a very credible second in the delayed election in Swanwick last night .

Tory  474 (36.93%)

Labour 298 (22.90%)

Ind 252 (19.36%)

UKIP 245 (18.83%)

LD 32 ( 0.24%)

Council Leader Paul Jones said ‘ This is a seat we would not have expected to win so coming second is a good performance by the labour team in that area and gives us something to build on for the general election ‘

 

 

Leaders Open Letter to Nigel Mills MP

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Dear Nigel,
I am disappointed that your first communication with the new administration at Amber Valley Borough Council has been through your column in a local newspaper.
I am even more disappointed that your column contains so many inaccuracies. At a time when trust in national politicians is at such a low ebb, it really behoves all of us to get our facts straight and whoever is advising you really must try harder. Allow me this opportunity therefore, to put the record straight.
Firstly, you state that the changes to the Cabinet and Support Member structure has “… increased the overall cost of the administration…”. Simply not true. These changes are being introduced at NO extra cost to the taxpayer and will be subject to approval by an Independent Panel. I am confident that overall they will save the council money and make the Borough Council more effective and responsive to peoples needs.

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DET report on Labour election victory

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The Derby Evening Telegraph reported the election as folows

Labour celebrate taking two seats from the Tories in Amber Valley

LABOUR won control of Amber Valley Borough Council – ending 14 years of Tory rule.

The party took two Conservative seats to take overall control of the authority.

Roland Emmas-Williams took the Ripley seat from Tory Ron Ashton.

And Labour’s Erik Johnsen was voted in to represent Belper South ahead of Daniel Booth.

A third of the council’s 45 seats were up for election.

The Conservatives had held 24 seats to Labour’s 21.

Following the election results, Labour now has 23 councillors and the Tories were left with 21.

One seat, Swanwick, is the subject to a delayed election, following the death of the Conservative candidate Patricia Lynne Watson. This will be held on June 26.

UKIP came second or third in all 15 wards and the Liberal Democrats finished last in each one.

Labour leader Councillor Paul Jones said he was “really happy” his group were back in power for the first time since 2000.

He said: “We’re very delighted. After 14 years we’ve managed to take control of Amber Valley.

“I think because the election is done by thirds, it has made it difficult to make that jump.

“We were defending nine out of 15 seats. We managed to defend all nine and win a further two.

“That’s 11 out of 15 that we’ve managed to win. I see that as an excellent result for us.

“I’m proud of all our winning candidates.

“It could have been even better. We missed out by winning Belper East by just 50 votes.

“UKIP came second in a number of the wards but we managed to see off that threat, which I’m pleased about.”

The election count took place at Alfreton Leisure Centre.

Following the win, Mr Jones said it was a “victory for socialism in Amber Valley”.

“We will protect the poor and help the weak,” he said.

Asked how he would protect services, he said: “Running the council is about priorities. Our priorities are different to the Conservatives.”

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Tories lost Cameron’s “favourite” borough to Labour

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The following is a report from the telegraph on-line of the Tory lost of Amber valley

3:01PM BST 23 May 2014

Hammersmith and Fulham, thought to be a flagship Conservative council, has been lost to Labour, as have Croydon and Amber Valley

David Cameron was dealt a severe blow when Hammersmith and Fulham, said to be his favourite borough, was lost to Labour.

The Conservatives lost 11 seats to Labour, leaving the council with a majority of 26 Labour seats to the Tories’ 20.

The borough, which has been in Conservative hands since 2002, was held up as a flagship authority to demonstrate the success of Cameron’s low council tax policy.

It neighbours Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, two Conservative strongholds.

Amber Valley was also swept away from the Conservatives, with Labour winning two of their seats, giving them a narrow majority of 23 against the Tories’ 21. The wards that changed hands were Belper South and Ripley.

Taking its name from the River Amber, Prime Minister David Cameron has made numerous trips to the Derbyshire borough council which has been in Tory hands for since 2000.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills was a prominent figure in the Tory rebellion against the Government’s immigration bill in January. Dozens of Conservatives backed his calls for tighter controls to be reintroduced on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants.

The Conservatives also lost Croydon to Labour, with Labour gaining 7 of their seats, and marking it out as a tough battleground in next year’s general election.

Todays Results

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Alfreton (pre election party – LAB) votes cast – 2040 of 6350 = 32.13 %
WALKER (LAB) (E)
John
1113 BENT (UKI)
Stuart
573 MOSS (CON)
Kat
301 JELF (LBD)
Peter
49
Belper East (pre election party – CON) votes cast – 1539 of 4736 = 32.50 %
TOMLINSON (CON) (E)
Martin
584 BROUGHTON (LAB)
Alan Thomas
534 SNAPE (UKI)
Roy Wilford
344 SMITH (LBD)
Paul
68
Belper South (pre election party – CON) votes cast – 1694 of 4564 = 37.12 %
JOHNSEN (LAB) (E)
Erik
629 BOOTH (CON)
Daniel Joseph
481 FISHER (UKI)
David Edgar
445 BENSON (LBD)
Jeremy Richard
126
Codnor & Waingroves (pre election party – LAB) votes cast – 1403 of 3903 = 35.95 %
HARRY (LAB) (E)
Isobel
586 FOX (UKI)
Ann
395 EDWARDS-MILSOM (CON)
Linda
347 EDWARDS (BNP)
Alan
39 WHITEHEAD (LBD)
Fay
32
Duffield (pre election party – CON) votes cast – 1824 of 4027 = 45.29 %
SHORT (CON) (E)
Chris
930 MOUNTAIN (LAB)
Patrick William
424 YOUNG (UKI)
John William
298 SALMON (LBD)
Richard Alan
164
Heage and Ambergate (pre election party – LAB) votes cast – 1744 of 4069 = 42.86 %
FARRELLY (LAB) (E)
David
734 TAYLOR (CON)
Valerie Joan
561 STEVENS (UKI)
Julliette Nicola
371 BRADLEY (LDB)
Chris
71
Heanor & Loscoe (pre election party – LAB) votes cast – 1418 of 4124 = 34.38 %
LONGDON (LAB) (E)
Heather
571 ADWINCKLE (UKI)
Geoff
487 WHITMORE (CON)
Julie
319 WELSBY (LBD)
Ronald
43
Heanor East (pre election party – LAB) votes cast – 1574 of 4695 = 33.53 %
AISTROP (LAB) (E)
Barrie Roy
674 PATCHETT (UKI)
Dave
440 GRAINGER (CON)
Steven
408 BEDFORD (LBD)
Michael
46
Heanor West (pre election party – LAB) votes cast – 1549 of 4778 = 32.42 %
JONES (LAB) (E)
Paul
623 CLIFFORD (UKI)
Ken
501 BURRREL (CON)
Mark
355 WHITWORTH (LBD)
Heather
63
Ironville & Riddings (pre election party – LAB) votes cast – 1751 of 4675 = 37.45 %
SMITH (LAB) (E)
Paul James
837 BROWN (CON)
Jack Watson
557 JOHNSON (UKI)
Pam
313 SMITH (LBD)
Ollie
40
Kilburn, Denby & Holbrook (pre election party – CON) votes cast – 2450 of 6353 = 38.56 %
AINSWORTH (CON) (E)
Trevor mark
995 BANKS (LAB)
John Philllip
733 ROSE (UKI)
Philip Sanders
617 SITUNAYAKE (LBD)
Elsie
97
Langley Mill & Aldercar (pre election party – LAB) votes cast – 1223 of 4184 = 29.23 %
HAMILTON (LAB) (E)
Eileen
529 CHAPMAN (UKI)
Kenneth William
366 WHITMORE (CON)
Stephen Peter
289 TOMKINS (LBD)
Margaret
30
Ripley (pre election party – CON) votes cast – 2502 of 7097 = 35.25 %
EMMAS-WILLIAMS (LAB) (E)
Roland
951 ASHTON (CON)
Ron
783 SMITH (UKI)
Garry Alan
612 COOPER (BNP)
Ken
80 GIBBONS (LBD)
Paul Robin
70
Shipley Park, Horsley and Horsley Woodhouse (pre election party – CON) votes cast – 1875 of 4706 = 39.84 %
ILIFFE (CON) (E)
Richard Henry
795 NATHAN (UKI)
Adrian William
525 HOLDEN (LAB)
Steve
444 SMITH (LBD)
Kate
95
Somercotes (pre election party – LAB) votes cast – 1422 of 4831 = 29.43 %
LYTTLE (LAB) (E)
Brian John
805 MASLIN (UKI)
Andrew Paul
348 SMITH (CON)
Ian Stewart
214 MILWARD (LBD)
Rosemary
47

total votes cast – 26008 of 73092 = 35.58 %

Party Seats after Election
Conservative 21
Labour 23
Other 0
Vacant 1