On May 2nd Suffolk went to the polls, changing the political profile of Suffolk considerably. I retained my seat with an increased share of the vote. Thank you! I’ll do my best to represent all of you, whether you voted for me or not.
The Woodbridge County Council election results in full were as follows:
MULCAHY – Patti (Conservative) – 870 votes (32% of vote)
PAGE – Caroline Anne (Liberal Democrats) – 1,127 votes (Elected) (42% of vote)
SMITH-LYTE – Rachel Ann (Green) – 122 votes (4.5% of vote)
STALEY – Pauline Isabella (UKIP) – 327 votes (12% of vote)
WHITE – John (Labour) – 255 votes – (9% of vote)
Across the county the major changes were as follows: the Conservatives lost 16 seats – including that of one Cabinet member – reducing their majority from a complacency-inducing 35 to a very much more nervous and hopefully less arrogant 3. Labour picked up 11 seats (admittedly from the rock-bottom level of 4 they were reduced to after the 2009 election), and the LibDems lost 4 seats – although not a single sitting candidate! The gainers were the UKIP – eight extra seats all gained from the Conservatives.
Our Woodbridge UKIP candidate seemed wholly invisible, and the only UKIP leaflets I saw were generic, published in Newton Abbott, and scattered on the path outside the Kyson polling station on the day of the election. These said (I quote verbatim ) “Next year the EU will allow 29 million Bulgarians and Romanians to come to the UK,” this figure being more than the total population of Romania and Bulgaria and the issue being wholly outside the remit of the County Council. It was lucky that only 327 Woodbridge residents were bird-witted enough to vote for this compelling local agenda. Presumably these people have no views whatsoever on things the county council actually does deal with, such as improving the dire Suffolk Schools results, fixing the roads, caring for the elderly, and trying to prevent the last rural buses from disappearing.
If only I could be certain that these very same voters didn’t come running to me to complain about roads, schools, care and public transport. That would seem very much like having your cake and eating it!
I am standing for re-election as your Woodbridge County Councillor in the local government elections of 2 May.
I have just circulated this leaflet throughout Woodbridge.
When you are making the important decision about who to vote for, you shouldn’t just listen to what they say – you need to look at what they have done. You can find much more information as to what I have been doing – in Woodbridge, and for Suffolk as a whole – if you search, or follow the links on this blog.