LIVE BLOG: Carholme residents elect their new city councillor

Hello and welcome to The Linc‘s live coverage of the Carholme ward by-election count.

Photo: secretlondon123/Flickr.

Carholme residents took to the polls today to vote for their new city councillor, after Karen Lee resigned from her seat to become the local MP.

Follow our live blog here and our Twitter (@thelinc) for live updates throughout the night, and to hear the result as and when it’s announced.

Connor Creaghan Thursday, October 19, 201722:13

The polling stations have now closed, after residents of Carholme have voted for their new city councillor. The 397 postal votes received by the city council have now all been counted.

Polling station number three was the first to get their box to City Hall, and those votes are now being counted.
Connor Creaghan Thursday, October 19, 201722:15

As the votes from polling station three are being counted, polling station four, one and five arrive at City Hall to be counted.

Liam O'Dell Thursday, October 19, 201722:17

Lucinda Preston, Labour candidate, has just entered the building, joining the Lib Dem and Conservative candidates.

The Green Party election agent has told The Linc that Ben Loryman is currently on call as an A&E doctor, and aims to arrive if he can.

Liam O'Dell Thursday, October 19, 201722:32

Whilst the votes are being counted, a quick look at some of the statistics announced tonight.

397 postal votes were sent back out of 629, and 4,706 people were eligible to vote in person.

That means that 5,335 residents were eligible to vote in today’s election.

Connor Creaghan Thursday, October 19, 201722:33

Speaking to the Linc, James Brown (Liberal Democrat) said that he has enjoyed the five week campaign:

“I would like to provide a fresh voice on the council. At the moment, it is mainly Labour and a few Tories who are not providing a good opposition and are all following the party line. So, I would like to be a voice of the residents, rather than another voice of the parties.
“I only joined the Liberal Democrat party in April, but I have been an active campaigner and was chosen by my party to be the candidate in this election. For students, I think that rising prices of rent and tuition fees, as well as maintenance grants being cut means that a lot of people are struggling to live.
“There is definitely a big challenge, we cannot ignore that we were in last place for the previous election, but hopefully we will not repeat that this time.”
Connor Creaghan Thursday, October 19, 201722:35

Speaking to the Linc, James Brown (Liberal Democrat) said that he has enjoyed the five week campaign:

“I would like to provide a fresh voice on the council. At the moment, it is mainly Labour and a few Tories who are not providing a good opposition and are all following the party line. So, I would like to be a voice of the residents, rather than another voice of the parties.

“I only joined the Liberal Democrat party in April, but I have been an active campaigner and was chosen by my party to be the candidate in this election. For students, I think that rising prices of rent and tuition fees, as well as maintenance grants being cut means that a lot of people are struggling to live.

On the fact the seat has been a strong Labour seat, James went on to add: “There is definitely a big challenge, we cannot ignore that we were in last place for the previous election, but hopefully we will not repeat that this time.”

Connor Creaghan Thursday, October 19, 201722:41

Speaking to the Linc, Kateryna Salvador (Conservative) said that she was surprised about the number of people that have engaged with the by-election:

“I know that students struggle to find decent housing during their studies, so I would like to make sure that it is of a decent standard for them. I would also like to organise a friendly residents area, so that residents and students can get to know each other.

“I want to see a change in Carholme. I do not think that there is one big issue for the area, but there are a lot of smaller issues for residents. I want to do my best if I am elected, but if not I am just going to keep on fighting.”

Liam O'Dell Thursday, October 19, 201722:53

Ben Loryman, Green Party candidate, has recently arrived at the count. The Linc‘s Liam O’Dell spoke to him a short while later, with interview extracts coming shortly.

Connor Creaghan Thursday, October 19, 201723:01

Speaking to The Linc, Kateryna Salvador (Conservative) said that she was surprised about the number of people that have engaged with the by-election:

“I know that students struggle to find decent housing during their studies, so I would like to make sure that it is of a decent standard for them. I would also like to organise a friendly residents area, so that residents and students can get to know each other.

“I want to see a change in Carholme. I do not think that there is one big issue for the area, but there are a lot of smaller issues for residents. I want to do my best if I am elected, but if not I am just going to keep on fighting.”

Connor Creaghan Thursday, October 19, 201723:09

Speaking to The Linc, James Brown (Liberal Democrat) said that he has enjoyed the five week campaign:

“I would like to provide a fresh voice on the council. At the moment, it is mainly Labour and a few Tories who are not providing a good opposition and are all following the party line. So, I would like to be a voice of the residents, rather than another voice of the parties.

“I only joined the Liberal Democrat party in April, but I have been an active campaigner and was chosen by my party to be the candidate in this election. For students, I think that rising prices of rent and tuition fees, as well as maintenance grants being cut means that a lot of people are struggling to live.

On the fact that Carholme has been a strong Labour ward, James went on to add: “There is definitely a big challenge, we cannot ignore that we were in last place for the previous election, but hopefully we will not repeat that this time.”

Connor Creaghan Thursday, October 19, 201723:15

Speaking to The Linc, Lucinda Preston (Labour) said that the campaign has been a challenge:

“My campaign has been really focussed on local issues. I am supporting residents who are in opposition to the Veolia waste site. I know that many residents on Burton road are very concerned about parking, and a lot of people around Carholme are concerned about anti-social behaviour.
“I have always enjoyed campaigning, chatting to people on the doorstep, so I have enjoyed every minute of it. One of the highlights of the campaign was when someone ran up to me on the street, asking if I was the Labour candidate and wishing me luck.”
Connor Creaghan Friday, October 20, 201700:22

Speaking to The Linc ahead of the result, Ben Loryman (Green) said that the campaign had raised some issues:

“Standing as a candidate gives you the opportunity to speak out and influence the democratic process in a constructive manner. Whether we win or lose, there are several things that have come out of the campaign that has been valuable.

“If I was elected tonight, then I would sing an dance on the tables. Generally, making a sad display of myself. I would then push on with issues for Carholme, such as healthcare and the relationship between students and the local people.”

Connor Creaghan Friday, October 20, 201700:25

The votes are in, and Lucinda Preston (Labour) has won the Carholme by-election with 922 votes out of 1,455. Kateryna Salvador (Conservative) came second with 368 votes, Ben Loryman (Green) came in third with 83 votes and James Brown (Lib Dem) came in fourth with 82 votes. The turnout for the by-election was 27.3 percent.

Liam O'Dell Friday, October 20, 201700:55

Thanks for tuning in to our coverage of the Carholme ward by-election tonight. Our full report on the result, including extracts from Lucinda’s speech, is now online.

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