Labour enjoy successful evening at borough election count

Buckskin winner Nigel Pierce celebrates with fellow Buckskin Labour councillor Tony Jones and group deputy leader Paul Harvey

Buckskin winner Nigel Pierce celebrates with fellow Buckskin Labour councillor Tony Jones and group deputy leader Paul Harvey

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IT WAS Labour’s night at the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council election count after the party gained four seats.

The party gained seats in Brighton Hill North, one of the two seats in Brighton Hill South as well as coming out on top in the Brookvale and Kings Furlong ward.

However, the major steal of the night came in the Buckskin ward which saw the seat taken from Conservative councillor, Robert Taylor by the Labour party’s candidate, Nigel Pierce.

The party’s gain means that in total they have 17 seats and are only second to the Conservative party who have 29.

The result is also being hailed as "historic" after the party claimed that the additional four seats mean that this is the largest Labour group for nearly 30 years.

Labour group leader Laura James told The Gazette: “It has been a great night for Labour in Basingstoke and we have now got 17 seats which is amazing. It has been a great night and we have got some great new councillors.”

Deputy leader Paul Harvey added: “The Conservatives have lost control over Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. They have not had the confidence of the voters of Basingstoke.”

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8:24am Fri 23 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

I reckon the best thing about elections is hearing the spin all the parties put on the results: Deputy leader Paul Harvey added: “The Conservatives have lost control over Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. They have not had the confidence of the voters of Basingstoke.” Er they had more confidence than they had in your party mate! Look at the number of seats.
I reckon the best thing about elections is hearing the spin all the parties put on the results: Deputy leader Paul Harvey added: “The Conservatives have lost control over Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. They have not had the confidence of the voters of Basingstoke.” Er they had more confidence than they had in your party mate! Look at the number of seats. JJ38JJ
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6:31pm Fri 23 May 14

RosieGarden says...

Why were so many ballot papers spoilt in the Brighton Hill South election results (152). This is well into triple figures compared to all the other spoilt ballot papers for the entire local elections for Basingstoke. Look at the Basingstoke Council website and download the PDF election results. The next highest figure I could find was 20.

And why wasn't the full report released on local councillors behaviour towards council staff/officers in it's entirety given to the Basingstoke Gazette. Were specific names given for the worst offending councillors. How can the local press report on this a couple of months ago when not having all the full facts.
Why were so many ballot papers spoilt in the Brighton Hill South election results (152). This is well into triple figures compared to all the other spoilt ballot papers for the entire local elections for Basingstoke. Look at the Basingstoke Council website and download the PDF election results. The next highest figure I could find was 20. And why wasn't the full report released on local councillors behaviour towards council staff/officers in it's entirety given to the Basingstoke Gazette. Were specific names given for the worst offending councillors. How can the local press report on this a couple of months ago when not having all the full facts. RosieGarden
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3:14pm Tue 27 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

RosieGarden wrote:
Why were so many ballot papers spoilt in the Brighton Hill South election results (152). This is well into triple figures compared to all the other spoilt ballot papers for the entire local elections for Basingstoke. Look at the Basingstoke Council website and download the PDF election results. The next highest figure I could find was 20.

And why wasn't the full report released on local councillors behaviour towards council staff/officers in it's entirety given to the Basingstoke Gazette. Were specific names given for the worst offending councillors. How can the local press report on this a couple of months ago when not having all the full facts.
I suspect the spoiled papers had comments about the outspoken UKIP candidate. Unfortunately the sort of people who spoil their papers are too thick to realise the best protest is to actually vote for someone else rather than spoil their paper.
[quote][p][bold]RosieGarden[/bold] wrote: Why were so many ballot papers spoilt in the Brighton Hill South election results (152). This is well into triple figures compared to all the other spoilt ballot papers for the entire local elections for Basingstoke. Look at the Basingstoke Council website and download the PDF election results. The next highest figure I could find was 20. And why wasn't the full report released on local councillors behaviour towards council staff/officers in it's entirety given to the Basingstoke Gazette. Were specific names given for the worst offending councillors. How can the local press report on this a couple of months ago when not having all the full facts.[/p][/quote]I suspect the spoiled papers had comments about the outspoken UKIP candidate. Unfortunately the sort of people who spoil their papers are too thick to realise the best protest is to actually vote for someone else rather than spoil their paper. JJ38JJ
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