Green Party takes seat in Portswood; first for the city

katherine barbour 200px Updated: Portswood ward, which includes St Denys, has lost one Labour councillor and gained one Green – the first for the city.

 

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The make-up for Portswood is now two Labour councillors and one Green, with Katherine Barbour winning the party's first seat on the council - and winning the most votes in Portswood.

Labour's John Savage held on to his seat, and Anne Marie Finn was elected for the first time in the ward,

Gordon Cooper lost his Labour seat.

katherine barbour 200px Katherine Barbour, elected in Portswood ward as the city's first Green  councillor on May 5. Photo: LDRS

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Barbour hailed it as "a historic moment".

“It’s a historic moment where the people of Portswood have recognised that things need to be done differently and I’m just really thankful and grateful to all the local people who put their trust in me,” she said.

“I think it’s probably about the work all year round that has paid off so it’s now the fifth time I’ve stood in Portswood.

“I’ve become well known and I think people were very exercised by the issue of Portswood Broadway and they wanted someone to represent their views at the council.”

She added that people liked the fact she had an ‘independent voice’.

The voting figures for the ward were:

ADHIKARY, Anthony John,commonly known as ADHIKARY, Tony, Reform UK - 84
BARBOUR, Katherine Jane, Green Party - 1391 Elected
BEAN, Jonathan Simon, Green Party - 866
CLARKE, Paul Alexander, Liberal Democrat - 203
COOPER, Gordon John, Labour Party - 1237
EDWARDS, Karen May, Local Conservatives - 717
FINN, Anne Marie, Labour Party - 1274 Elected
LANGRAN, John, Liberal Democrat - 193
MAKRAKIS, Helen Mary, Green Party - 846
MOULTON, Nicholas, Local Conservatives - 655
O`DELL, Patricia Nellie, Local Conservatives - 623
READ, James Arnold, Liberal Democrat - 218
SAVAGE, John, Labour Party - 1246 Elected
TWINE, Derek Anthony, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition - 76

The turnout in Portswood was 40.28%.

 You can download a list of election results for all wards as a PDF from the council's website.

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