Well, what an interesting night (or to be more accurate, morning). Labour have won back control of Telford & Wrekin Council after just one stint in opposition in the history of the town by taking control of 33 out of 54 seats.
No UKIP candidates got elected to the borough council but where UKIP candidates have stood before, they increased their vote. I tripled my vote from last time and encouragingly most of the votes I got were for me alone, not me and another candidate (I was the only UKIP candidate and there were two vacancies).
The results of my election are:
Arnold England (Lab): 756
Jackie Loveridge (Lab): 746
Nicola Anderson (Con): 572
John Dixon (Con): 524
Stuart Parr (UKIP): 298
So I came last but I don’t really care. Arnold and Jackie will do a good job – better than John Dixon who has been useless for the last 4 years and better than Nicola Anderson who lied her way through the very brief Conservative election campaign. Of course of I would have preferred to have won or at least to have beaten the two lying Conservative candidates but that’s life. I tripled my vote, I was just two votes short of 300 and I gave the others a run for their money. I’m happy with what I achieved.
I think I’m allowed to announce now that I was elected unopposed to Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council so it wasn’t a complete loss!
I enjoyed this election and the count was very interesting. Telford & Wrekin Council did an excellent job of running the election as they always do.