Worcester’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Robin Walker has welcomed an increase in the Conservative vote across Worcester in County Council election results but warned that nothing can be taken for granted as the country heads towards a crucial General Election on June 8th.
He has particularly welcomed that Conservative victory in Claines, where the Liberal Democrats were defeated for the first time in 12 years and comfortable majorities for Cllr Steve MacKay, who was heavily targeted by the Greens and Cllr Simon Geraghty who was targeted by Labour. Whilst most of the City’s seats did not change hands the Conservatives saw an increased vote overall and in many parts of the city. Compared to the 2013 County Elections where the vote was almost tied between Conservatives and the Labour party on around 7,700 votes each, this time the Conservatives won 11,388 whilst Labour’s vote was down at 7,276.
On the same day news has just broken that Andy Street, Conservative Candidate for the West Midlands Combined Authority has won the right to be the first West Midlands Metro Mayor, representing an area which has been dominated by Labour for thirty years. He won by just 4,000 votes and after second preferences were counted, demonstrating how every vote counts.
Commenting on the results Robin said
“I am delighted to be able to congratulate so many Conservative friends and colleagues on their elections and re-elections and to see the Conservative share of the vote in Worcester rise. I am well aware that nothing can be taken for granted in any election and it is only by getting out and speaking to people, winning them over and delivering for people that politicians anywhere can count on support. It is clear that Conservative councillors in Worcestershire have been doing just that and at a time when our county’s economy is strong and we are keeping council tax under control, I am really pleased that our team has a stronger than ever mandate to keep up the delivery.”
“When I was first selected as Worcester’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in 2006, I promised to work hard to take back Claines from the Liberal Democrats and eleven years later we have finally done it. Andy Stafford and his team in Claines have worked tirelessly and it has been a pleasure to canvass and campaign with them. I am looking forward to getting out and about even more in the weeks to come in support of a strong a stable conservative Government that can get the best deal for our country as we leave the EU and deliver the strong economy that will enable Worcester to thrive.”
“The breakthrough for our party in the West Midlands Mayoral election is a historic event and a huge opportunity but it is essential that we take nothing for granted as we head towards June. In 1945 Worcester was won by just 4 votes and the victory today amongst half a million voters was a margin of just a few thousand. I will be out campaigning again tonight in order to get the Conservative message heard across all of Worcester and that campaign will not let up.”