Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Reaction to local election results

After Thursday’s local elections, the Liberal Democrats now hold 21 of the 70 seats on South Gloucestershire Council. Commenting on the results, Lib Dem Group Leader Ruth Davis said, “I am obviously very disappointed that good colleagues lost their seats due to national issues, despite focusing on local matters. They will be sorely missed both by us and for the hard work they did in their communities. I would like to thank them and those councillors who stood down for all their years of public service”

“In other seats, the public had faith in our record of working locally for the benefit of all residents, and we had some excellent results. We are very pleased that we managed to win 19 out of a possible 22 seats in Steve Webb’s Thornbury and Yate constituency, securing more than 50 percent of the vote”

South Gloucestershire Council will continue to be run by a minority Tory administration. Cllr Davis said, “We will be working hard to hold the administration to account. We want to grasp the opportunities for more local decision making and involvement that the Lib Dems are promoting in Government. We will continue to act as local champions and work with residents on the issues that matter to them”

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