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Election Diary: Stunning Labour Victory in Tranby is Bittersweet

Coming from fourth place in 2007  Josh Newlove unseated the Lib Dem incumbant Mary Kingston but to our dismay Dan Palmer missed out by a whisker as Mary Rose Hardy clung on by her fingernails for the Lib Dems.

On a personal note I am gutted for Dan, it’s just so unfair as Labour would not have had a cat in hells chance without his local knowledge and connections. Nevertheless the result was due to the hard work doing the foot slogging, souls destroying leaflet drops, stuffing envelopes and all the other mundane tasks needed to deliver victory.

Now for the good bit!

Teen political sensation Josh Newlove declared himself to be, “absolutely delighted, and humbled,” as Labour stormed from fourth place to record a sensational victory in the elections for Tranby Ward of East Riding Council, which comprises of Anlaby and Anlaby Common. 

“I feel it is a total honour and a privilege to serve all the voters of this area. I am so proud of this community and will work tirelessly so that the voice of it’s people, so long muted, is heard loud and clear at County Hall”, said Cllr Newlove who, at 19 is amongst the UK’s youngest elected Town Hall representatives. 

Cllr. Newlove revealed that the result of talks with East Yorkshire Motor Services over the axing of the 48-bus route would be made public in the next few days. 

“It was the main issue in the Maplewood area during the campaign that people wanted to talk to us about. We listened carefully and then took the concerns of the community to CEO Peter Shipp at a ninety-minute meeting on Tuesday. We are hitting the ground running and will be talking to the people affected over the next few days.” 

Cllr Newlove pledged to be a visible and accountable representative for the people of Tranby, not just at election time but day in day out.   



About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


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