You may have noticed two recent local election results, one at Hillside (Adur) and one at Marine (Worthing West). What can we conclude from the results?

Hillside has had a massive Tory majority. Realistically, we did not expect to win. But we believe in giving people a proper choice so we put up a good candidate in Rebecca Allinson. We saw the Green party making exaggerated claims about how they could win and they certainly put a lot of resources into it, but in the event they only managed 23.7% – a long way off. As usual, if you want Green policies that can actually be implemented across the town, you have to vote for party that can get into power and actually do something. That party is Labour. Which brings us to Marine.

Vicki Wells took a seat from the Conservatives and, in doing so, took away their overall control of the council. Not so long ago, there were no Labour councillors in Worthing. Some voters were able to say there was no point trying as things would never change. Now we are only one away from managing Worthing. People are fed up with being ignored, embarrassed by the tatty environment with poor services, and they want change. They want to be listened to.

So what happens next? Labour councillors in Adur and Worthing will approach local problems with fresh ideas and a serious intention to work together to make progress. Let’s hope all those new votes lead to a positive response. To borrow a phrase, the people have spoken. Their voices need to be heard.

The next scheduled council elections are in May 2022.

 

 

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