Well – it’s pretty much ‘as you were’.
All the sitting candidates locally got back in, though, because there were ‘vacancies’ on the parish-council, some new faces do appear there.
Our neighbourhood of Draycott-in-the-Moors (including Cresswell & Totmonslow) didn’t experience any surprises – unlike the UK as a whole…
Member of Parliament
On such a night as that one was, there could only be one winner as MP for our area – the Tory incumbent, Sir Bill Cash (left).
He took the Stone parliamentary constituency with a staggering 55% of the vote, with the Labour and UKIP candidates lagging way behind him, and the rest out of sight.
No change here either – as the three incumbent Conservatives got back in. Continuing to represent us on Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, for the Checkley District Ward, will be Mark Deaville (left), Colin Pearce and David Trigger.
Of the three, Mark lives in Draycott parish, so he takes a certain responsibility for its interests on SMDC. Mark is also a Staffordshire County councillor and a Draycott parish councillor.
The Conservatives did so well on the night in this part of the world that they will now run Staffordshire Moorlands with an outright majority.
Again, no real surprises. The four sitting councillors, Gordon Winfield, Pauline Clarke, Mark Deaville and Roger Tabbernor all got in pretty easily. Of the newcomers, Steve Jones (left) polled surprisingly well, coming third in the overall vote. The two other new faces are Jacquie Leach (who is also vice-chair of the VVSM Action group) and Roger Holdcroft. Congratulations to them all!
The two candidates who failed to make the finishing line were Pat McLaughlin and Lee Stanford.
The turnout in Draycott parish was almost 70%, which makes it higher than the national average (66%).
None of the new councillors stood under a party label for the parish council elections except Mark Deaville who stood as a Tory. They will all take their seats at the Annual General Meeting on Monday 18th May, when a new chairman will also be elected.
For full results and facts – for district and parishes – click here
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