Former Ledbury Mayor "overjoyed" at winning county council seat

Ledbury Reporter: Cllr Terry Widdows. Cllr Terry Widdows.

THE former Mayor of Ledbury says he can't wait to get started after securing victory in the town's by-election.

Councillor Terry Widdows, representing It's Our County, claimed a seat previously occupied by the Conservatives.

Cllr Widdows saw off Conservative rival Cllr Allen Conway, another former Ledbury mayor, and Paul Stanford from UKIP in the by-election, which was prompted by the death of Cllr Peter Watts in May.

"I'm overjoyed that Ledbury has decided to vote for change," said the 33 year-old, one of the youngest members of the county council.

"They are sending a clear message."

He says the town's street scene, including grass-cutting, is one of his priorities.
 

 

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1:31pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Brownface60 says...

Good news and a set back for the Tory cabinet-run system, as well as recognition of a hard-working town councillor. His was the only leaflet we got, which encouraged us to vote for him
But look at the 2011 council results, when 3 councillors were elected for Ledbury. 2 Tories got in, and Liz Harvey for Its Our County. And who was the 3rd Tory who failed to get in? Terry Widdows!!
So our choice in Ledbury was for an official Tory, an ex-Tory (who didn't mention this on his leaflet) and the ultra-Tory swivel-eyed loons of UKIP!
Good news and a set back for the Tory cabinet-run system, as well as recognition of a hard-working town councillor. His was the only leaflet we got, which encouraged us to vote for him But look at the 2011 council results, when 3 councillors were elected for Ledbury. 2 Tories got in, and Liz Harvey for Its Our County. And who was the 3rd Tory who failed to get in? Terry Widdows!! So our choice in Ledbury was for an official Tory, an ex-Tory (who didn't mention this on his leaflet) and the ultra-Tory swivel-eyed loons of UKIP! Brownface60
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6:30pm Fri 18 Jul 14

courtesycall says...

Congratulations to Cllr Widdows, he got our support; I thought Herefordshire Council could do with some youthful energy. Interesting to watch him climb the political ladder as well.

His wasn't the only leaflet we got; to his credit Mr Conway made an effort but not personally, merely a supporter. The UKIP also had a go but their candidate doesn't live in Ledbury so that was a non-starter as far as we're concerned.
Congratulations to Cllr Widdows, he got our support; I thought Herefordshire Council could do with some youthful energy. Interesting to watch him climb the political ladder as well. His wasn't the only leaflet we got; to his credit Mr Conway made an effort but not personally, merely a supporter. The UKIP also had a go but their candidate doesn't live in Ledbury so that was a non-starter as far as we're concerned. courtesycall
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11:21pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Cllr Liz Harvey says...

Brownface60 wrote:
Good news and a set back for the Tory cabinet-run system, as well as recognition of a hard-working town councillor. His was the only leaflet we got, which encouraged us to vote for him
But look at the 2011 council results, when 3 councillors were elected for Ledbury. 2 Tories got in, and Liz Harvey for Its Our County. And who was the 3rd Tory who failed to get in? Terry Widdows!!
So our choice in Ledbury was for an official Tory, an ex-Tory (who didn't mention this on his leaflet) and the ultra-Tory swivel-eyed loons of UKIP!
Brownface60: You're correct that Terry stood for the Tories in 2011, We've been clear about this on our website (referenced on all leaflets) throughout the campaign: http://www.itsourcou
nty.org/2014/06/get-

in-there/

I've seen Terry develop as a councillor and learn from his close-up experience of the local party machine since 2011. I'm confident he will be an excellent and active county councillor for all Ledbury ward residents and hope you will give us both the opportunity to demonstrate this day-to-day.

To have made more of the reasons why Terry's politics have evolved since 2011 would have been challenged as 'negative campaigning' by the Tories - but you can see some of the nonsense on my blog, along with the Tory response - which has now been expunged from their FB page. http://councillorhar
vey.wordpress.com/20
14/07/13/peanuts-val
ues-and-the-borg/
[quote][p][bold]Brownface60[/bold] wrote: Good news and a set back for the Tory cabinet-run system, as well as recognition of a hard-working town councillor. His was the only leaflet we got, which encouraged us to vote for him But look at the 2011 council results, when 3 councillors were elected for Ledbury. 2 Tories got in, and Liz Harvey for Its Our County. And who was the 3rd Tory who failed to get in? Terry Widdows!! So our choice in Ledbury was for an official Tory, an ex-Tory (who didn't mention this on his leaflet) and the ultra-Tory swivel-eyed loons of UKIP![/p][/quote]Brownface60: You're correct that Terry stood for the Tories in 2011, We've been clear about this on our website (referenced on all leaflets) throughout the campaign: http://www.itsourcou nty.org/2014/06/get- in-there/ I've seen Terry develop as a councillor and learn from his close-up experience of the local party machine since 2011. I'm confident he will be an excellent and active county councillor for all Ledbury ward residents and hope you will give us both the opportunity to demonstrate this day-to-day. To have made more of the reasons why Terry's politics have evolved since 2011 would have been challenged as 'negative campaigning' by the Tories - but you can see some of the nonsense on my blog, along with the Tory response - which has now been expunged from their FB page. http://councillorhar vey.wordpress.com/20 14/07/13/peanuts-val ues-and-the-borg/ Cllr Liz Harvey
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