The 2023 local elections, in May, saw the number of Green Party members of Wychavon District Council double from 3 to 6!
The re-elected Julie Tucker, Ed Cohen and Hannah Robson were joined by Judith Ciotti, Neil Franks and Nicola Morris.
A time to celebrate.
Sadly, within a month, Ed died. His funeral, at The Vale Crematorium on 26th June, was packed - standing room only. Family, friends, admirers - and councillors of all political parties - came to celebrate a life well lived; to honour a good man.
Eight days later, we met by Zoom to consider the by-election. Who would be prepared to stand? To everyone's surprise and relief, Peter Knight (who won a by-election to Evesham Town Council in October 2021, but did not stand for re-election in May) offered. So, down to business. The team was formed and the campaign was underway.
The by-election for a District Councillor in Evesham South Ward was held on 10th August. The result was:
Turn out: 15.97%
Green Party 319
Conservative Party 177
Independent (Haines) 82
Labour Party 79
Independent (Snape) 36
Liberal Democrat 12
We know the Green Party's standing in Evesham South is strong - thanks to the hard work and service of Julie and Ed - but we had feared that Labour and the Libdems would split the vote and let in the Tories. As it is, we took 45% of the vote.
Well done, team!
Thank you, voters!