Friday, May 06, 2011

Thanet Election Results Special

The final result of the all-night count in the local elections has yet to appear but as I type it looks very much like Thanet will remain in Conservative control with three independents balancing the narrow margin of victory. This is of course subject to final confirmation from the bleary-eyed returning officer.

No sign of any impact whatsoever from the LibDem's Bill Furness or Bloggers Tony Flaig or Matt Brown but this may reflect the national trend of punishing the party for Nick Clegg.

Despite this week's rather nasty leaflet campaign in Westgate, I held on to the ward with Brian Goodwin and Independent Councillor Tom King. My commiserations to my Conservative colleague Richard Chapman who worked very hard during the campaign.

My thanks to all the local people who voted for me and those who approached me and told me how offended and outraged they were by the smear letter they received on Wednesday. The intention was clearly malicious but the content was far from intelligent and in the footsteps of Labour's Phil Woolas debacle at the General Election, people don't like this kind of thing and certainly don't want it here in Thanet.

Over the coming four years I plan to continue to work hard for the people of my ward in Westgate and Thanet at a difficult time when decisions won't be easy and money is short. There's real room for optimism though, simply looking at the number of new shops and businesses opening in Westgate will confirm this and I'm looking forward to working both with my Conservative colleague Brian Goodwin and the ever popular Tom King of the Residents Association.

Final results: Conservatives 27, Labour 26, and Independent 3 so much to think about and more later!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

But Simon do you not need 29 seats to have overall majority.
Is this therefore a "hung" vote, in which case can you tell me what the change would be now, if any.
Also are there any other seats yet to be decided which could give you those 29 seats.
Sorry not to bright as far as elections go.
Clarification if you would'nt mind.

DrM. said...

All depends how the 3 independents vote in full council when the new leader and cabinet is appointed.

Interesting times

Michael Child said...

Congratulations on getting re-elected Simon, as you say interesting times.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Simon, to you and to Tom King. Tthe good citizens of Westgate saw straight through that nasty little leaflet.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Simon, and interesting times ahead. Imagine council meetings will get a bit hairy, but as least the fate worse than death has been avoided. Fingers crossed on bi-elections!

Anonymous said...

well done to yourself and cllr goodwin my only worry is most people know cllr king will aways vote with labour this is a well known fact
also looking at the margate trustee,s i think i am right labour will have control by one vote con 9 lab 10 and of course cllr king vote going to be some fun on this body aswell for the next four year thats if labour turn up there record for the last 4 years as been poor
cant wait to see who is mayor for this year good luck simon for the next 4 years

Anonymous said...

I thought it was Orsen Welles after a weight watchers meeting!

Anonymous said...

Lets hope the independace side with the football loving labour party

ascu75 aka Don said...

Well done Simon its going to be interesting as you say but you have done it before.

Anonymous said...

Simon,
Many congrats on your re election,now perhaps the idle times of pre election nerves can be dispelled and work resumed on the matters in hand, namely Margate Footbal Club and the park issue. Hopefully the public consultation will now take place in the very near future so that this ridiculous proposal can be laid to rest once and for all.

Anonymous said...

It's neither ridiculous nor will it or the club go away on this.
We will seek our rightful place in the community with a stadium to be proud off.
Others in Thanet should be welcoming this rather than putting it down it as it is yet another plus point move for the area.
The football club is the "heart" of the town whether you like it or not & should be both encouraged & welcomed.
I sincerely hope now that the elections are out of the way & those making the decisionslook into this again,more thoroughly this time & take into account the factual "no-change" in structure of the hotel so that the club can move forward.
As for public consultation on the lease then indeed let that begin a.s.a.p.
Incidentally I am not a MFC fan or indeed a football fan but can see the benefits this can give to the town.
I would urge both Mr Moores & the council to make this a priority case & to allow it to progress.

ascu75 aka Don said...

9.02 I agree with you and stand four square behind MFC on this issue.

Anonymous said...

Just to add to the above that even though I say I have no particular liking for football & when I say "we" it is because I have taken their situation on board & am now sympathising with their supporters.
Whether I actually go to a game in the near future is another matter but an improved stadium might just tempt me.
I've followed this since day one & can see why their supporters have an axe to grind.
Over the years they have accepted that mistakes may well have been made on this by their management team but they seem adamant this time that everything is above board & correct.
No wonder they are furious & I would urge Mr. Moores not to take this personally as I'm sure its not.
Try & understand their frustrations.
This is something that is not even going to cost the council a penny & which will contribute to the re-genaration of this town.
The majority of the town were against the Turner Centre yet it has been bulldozed through.It's here now so we must all accept it.
In the Football Clubs case a large majority of Margate people are actually FOR this to succeed yet for some unknown reason they are being denied it.
Democracy isn't being shown here.
Time to prove yourself Mr Moores & try & find a positive solution to this once & for all rather than just quote regulations everytime.

Anonymous said...

i find it hard that people just think cllr moores is the only cllr in westgate he is not don,t the others work just as hard some even more harder ,but there is non so strange as folk, the people of westgate must like the others as they voted them back in it is not a one person only in westgate that works is it so look at the bigger picture then you will get the right facts

Robert Williams said...

11:13 I think you would find, if you bothered to find out, that an awful lot of people are not part of your 'majority' in favour of the plans for Hartsdown Park. There is actually a campaign group anxious to preserve the park, as it is, without hotel encroachment.

Similarly, I think it would be more accurate to say that the noisy group opposed the Turner Contemporary, which many others supported, whilst the majority did not give a toss either way.

The council have to balance these views and consider the whole case on its merits and within the laws pertaining to planning. It is not a simple yes or no scenario.

Anonymous said...

Hartsdown Park has shown a substantial & very noticable decline over the pasy years.Years of neglect on behalf of the council. It is fast becoming overgrown & hardly any sports facilities are left for the public to enjoy.Funny how,when there WERE sports facilities there no one complained then.
MFC are taking just one football pitch area away from the park & replacing it with a new plot which is now also overgrown. The build will hardly affect the park at all. There will still be masses of park to play in or to walk through. I do believe the public are being hoodwinked into believing there is more park being taken away than there actually is.
Might I suggest to everyone who thinks that to look at the plans & then they will see for themselves just how small a plot of land is actually being taken away.Its minimal it really is.

Anonymous said...

I am local and love football and love Turner! oh dear that doesn't fit the stereotype.