Local election results 2021: Bagshot ward on Surrey Heath Borough Council and seats on parish council – UPDATE

It shows how out of touch I am that past councillor Ruth Hutchinson has kindly corrected my silly mistakes in this blog post. Here’s what Ruth said, in comments,

“The vacancy for Bagshot seat at SHBC & one seat on Windlesham Parish Council were due to the death of Cllr Sam Kay and should have taken place last year. Two other seats on WPC were due to resignation of one Councillor & failure to attend meetings by another.”

Along with the elections, throughout Surrey Heath, for seats on Surrey County Council there were elections in Bagshot.

One election was for a Bagshot ward seat on Surrey Heath Borough Council, and another for three seats for Bagshot and North Windlesham ward on Windlesham Parish Council.

The reason for the elections I have to admit not knowing the full details, even after visiting the Windlesham Parish Council website, and Surrey Heath BC website. I think the election for the Bagshot ward seat on Surrey Heath BC was through a councillor resignation, and the parish council from new ward boundaries following changes recommended by Electoral Commission. Here are the results.

Voting duty done

I voted in yesterday’s Surrey County Council election and the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner election.

It’s a pity that Covid-19 precautions has curtailed the speed of the vote counting process. I’m absolutely in favour of the vote count beginning after the closure of the polls. To hold over vote counting to the day or days after the election takes some of the thrill of our elections.

The list of candidates for the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner election was a surprise to me. Both previous Crime Commissioners were standing again, Kevin Hurley and the outgoing commissioner David Munro.

The count for this election begins on Saturday 8th May. Shame it can’t be held earlier, oh, and I was surprised that the vote is held by the supplementary vote system. To what purpose I’m not sure, but then I’m an advocate of first past the post system [FPTP]. Elections of all sorts in which I’ve been involved, and not all have been political, have been FPTP. I’m not in favour of proportional or list systems, like the d’hondt system.

So, it felt odd to give my second preference to the same candidate as my first preference. A bit of waste of time in my humble opinion. But then, there are other views than mine.

Duty done, now for a few diversions from politics

We both had our wet weather gear on to walk to the polling station, which is, luckily, not too far from home.

My vote was the first time I placed a cross on the voting paper using my left hand. Haven’t yet got sufficient gripping strength in my right hand. Am capable of one fingered typing, so am back to writing here – intermittently though.

This is the first election in which I’ve not delivered election leaflets. We received an election leaflet from the Green Party, Conservatives, Labour, UKIP, and FIVE leaflets from the Liberal Democrats.

Following this post will be some items offering a diversion from politics. I know I’ll not be able to resist staying up until very, very late to watch the results, the following diversionary posts will keep my mind of the subject, at leat for a short while.

New Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council elected

Surrey Heath Borough Council annouce that,

Councillor Richard Brooks has been re-elected as leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council. Cllr Brooks was voted in at the Full Council meeting on 15 May, 2019. His appointment follows the Borough Council elections held on 2 May 2019. 

  

Cllr Brooks, a Conservative who represents Town ward, had previously served as Leader of SHBC since February 2019. Cllr Brooks said: “I am extremely proud to have been asked by my fellow councillors to continue the good work for Surrey Heath Borough Council. I would like to welcome all the new councillors on board, and thank those outgoing councillors who served in the previous term. I look forward to a productive four years, working hard for our Borough.”  

  

Cllr Charlotte Morley (Watchetts) was appointed Deputy Leader. The final make-up of the Borough Council following the election is: 

18 Conservative  

10 Liberal Democrat 

4 Independent 

2 Green Party 

1 Labour 

 

The Conservative Party are the largest group on the Council with 18 of the 35 seats, and retain control. Cllr Brooks also announced the new Council Executive at the meeting. The Portfolio Holders are as follows: 

Finance: Cllr Charlotte Morley 

Places & Strategy: Cllr Dan Adams 

Environment & Health: Cllr Vivienne Chapman 

Planning & People: Cllr Adrian Page 

Customer Experience & Digital: Cllr Paul Deach 

Support & Safeguarding: Cllr Josephine Hawkins 

  

A full list of the Council committee appointments can be seen at https://surreyheath.moderngov.co.uk/ieDocHome.aspx?bcr=1 

Conservatives JUST hang on to control of Surrey Heath Borough Council

The election results is not are now fully declared yet by the Borough Council. Though by my count the Conservatives have won 18 of the 35 seats on the council, and have therefore retained control of the council. My goodness that’s a close run thing.

Surrey Heath Borough Council elections results continue to amaze

At current count, looking at the Council’s election results website the Conservatives have lost 15 seats, from Frimley Green, Heatherside, Mytchett and Deepcut, Bagshot, Windlesham and Chobham, and Lightwater. All previously solid Conservative wards. Only Valerie White, Paul Deach, and Rebecca Jennings Evans are returned for the Conservatives.

Some serious appraisal needed of the reasons for the failures. Too soon for me to give my views