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Paul and Ted re-elected as Southfield’s borough councillors On 2 May 2019, Paul Mercer and Ted Parton were re-elected to Charnwood Borough Council to represent Southfields Ward. In Southfields, Labour started campaigning in 2018. The ward had been under Labour control since 1995 when it took 53.2% of the vote with the Conservatives only winning 27.7%. In 2011, Ted managed to win 39.0% pushing Labour down to 46.8%. In 2012, one of the existing Labour councillors resigned unexpectedly and Ted won the subsequent by-election. In a hard-fought campaign in 2015, both Paul and Ted and won and Ted’s support went up to 49.8% with the defeated Labour councillor winning only 38.0%. Southfields ward forms part of the Loughborough South division on Leicestershire County Council and in the wake of Ted’s success in 2015, he was nominated as the Conservative candidate to stand in 2017. By applying the same rigorous campaigning techniques which had achieved our success in 2015, Ted ousted the sitting councillor, the well-respected Robert Sharp, also the Labour leader on the county council. Robert subsequently resigned as a borough councillor and then left the Labour Party altogether citing extremism. As expected, Ted topped the poll, increased his support and received the backing of more than half of those who voted. Paul’s vote also increased by 2.8% to 46.4%. In contrast, the Tory vote across Charnwood dropped by 8.5% and despite all his effort, the local Labour candidate Arthur Gould was pushed into fourth place. A cut-and-paste comment on Facebook from Gould inadventertly revealed that Southfields had been a Labour ‘target ward’. The bigger picture was the impact on the Parliamentary constituency. Charnwood borough comprises Loughborough, represented by Nicky Morgan, and Charnwood held by Ed Argar. Nicky has 31 councillors in her constituency and for the Labour candidate, Stuart Brady, to win, Labour would realistically need to control more than half of the wards. Even after it had picked up the four seats that it had lost in 2015, Labour still had only 13 councillors. As well as Southfields, Labour was hoping to take for Conservative-held wards in Shepshed, a town that borders Loughborough. Despite an intense campaign, all four Labour candidates lost and the Conservatives decisively regained control of the town council with 11 of 15 seats. Taken as a whole, the Conservatives won 8% more votes than Labour in Loughborough constituency and, more worryingly for Labour, Greens and Liberal Democrats candidates came ahead of four losing Labour candidates but no Conservative. Parties usually hope to increase their local support when they are in opposition, yet the strength of Charnwood’s Labour group has declined from 17 seats in 2011 to 13 in 2019; Conservative seats have gone from 30 to 36 today. Labour’s failure to be re-elected in Southfields was not just a consequence of the hard work that Paul and Ted had put into being borough councillors over the previous four years. Many electors cited Labour Party extremism, a fear of what would happen under Jeremy Corbyn and the extreme left and a concern about the growth of anti-Semitism and Labour’s failure to deal with it.
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
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Paul and Ted re- elected as Southfield’s borough councillors On 2 May 2019, Paul Mercer and Ted Parton were re-elected to Charnwood Borough Council to represent Southfields Ward. In Southfields, Labour started campaigning in 2018. The ward had been under Labour control since 1995 when it took 53.2% of the vote with the Conservatives only winning 27.7%. In 2011, Ted managed to win 39.0% pushing Labour down to 46.8%. In 2012, one of the existing Labour councillors resigned unexpectedly and Ted won the subsequent by-election. In a hard-fought campaign in 2015, both Paul and Ted and won and Ted’s support went up to 49.8% with the defeated Labour councillor winning only 38.0%. Southfields ward forms part of the Loughborough South division on Leicestershire County Council and in the wake of Ted’s success in 2015, he was nominated as the Conservative candidate to stand in 2017. By applying the same rigorous campaigning techniques which had achieved our success in 2015, Ted ousted the sitting councillor, the well-respected Robert Sharp, also the Labour leader on the county council. Robert subsequently resigned as a borough councillor and then left the Labour Party altogether citing extremism. As expected, Ted topped the poll, increased his support and received the backing of more than half of those who voted. Paul’s vote also increased by 2.8% to 46.4%. In contrast, the Tory vote across Charnwood dropped by 8.5% and despite all his effort, the local Labour candidate Arthur Gould was pushed into fourth place. A cut-and-paste comment on Facebook from Gould inadventertly revealed that Southfields had been a Labour ‘target ward’. The bigger picture was the impact on the Parliamentary constituency. Charnwood borough comprises Loughborough, represented by Nicky Morgan, and Charnwood held by Ed Argar. Nicky has 31 councillors in her constituency and for the Labour candidate, Stuart Brady, to win, Labour would realistically need to control more than half of the wards. Even after it had picked up the four seats that it had lost in 2015, Labour still had only 13 councillors. As well as Southfields, Labour was hoping to take for Conservative-held wards in Shepshed, a town that borders Loughborough. Despite an intense campaign, all four Labour candidates lost and the Conservatives decisively regained control of the town council with 11 of 15 seats. Taken as a whole, the Conservatives won 8% more votes than Labour in Loughborough constituency and, more worryingly for Labour, Greens and Liberal Democrats candidates came ahead of four losing Labour candidates but no Conservative. Parties usually hope to increase their local support when they are in opposition, yet the strength of Charnwood’s Labour group has declined from 17 seats in 2011 to 13 in 2019; Conservative seats have gone from 30 to 36 today. Labour’s failure to be re-elected in Southfields was not just a consequence of the hard work that Paul and Ted had put into being borough councillors over the previous four years. Many electors cited Labour Party extremism, a fear of what would happen under Jeremy Corbyn and the extreme left and a concern about the growth of anti-Semitism and Labour’s failure to deal with it.