In terms of the County Council Bridgwater is seen as Labours best chance for making gains. 8 years ago all 4 Bridgwater seats were Labour with the party in a key position on County holding the balance of power and gaining Executive seats.
"Never been a better time"
In the last couple of years the National picture has changed with Conservatives in Government forcing through major cutbacks and backed up by the Lib Dems-usually their main opponents on Somerset County, but now plummeting dramatically in the polls through a combination of broken promises and dissapointment. There has never been a better time for Labour to make gains-and indeed across the country Labour are winning elections in areas previously thought unlikely.
"to win back seats"
Constituency secretary Cllr Kathy Pearce says " Never before have public services been hit so hard. It is therefore vital that we have a vibrant panel of candidates and active involvement of members to ensure that we are able to enter these elections in a strong fighting position to challenge the cuts and creeping privatisation of our public services and to win back seats lost at the last election."
Press Officer Cllr Brian Smedley added "Any party member can stand for selection and I would urge new members to come forward . The party has to grow and move with the times, and while we always look to our experienced councillors to lead the way, our team has to reflect the community it wants to represent, therefore I would ask that more women and young people considered putting themselves forward and be at the forefront of that campaign."
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Somerset County Council is currently Conservative controlled . The Tories regained the council in 2009 from the Lib Dems who had held it for 3 previous elections, sometimes with Labour holding the balance of power.
The last election in 2009 was shaded darkly by the 'expenses scandal' and everywhere all parties dropped 1,000's of votes as people failed to turn out in their droves. This massivelty affected the Labour vote in it's key areas and we lost 2 of our 3 Bridgwater seats.
This time round the swing is tending to Labour and with the right candidates and campaign we can take back the Bridgwater seats and similarly take advantage of the collapse of the Lib Dems to even challenge the Tories in the outlying wards.
BRIDGWATER NORTH & CENTRAL
This is basically the wards of Eastover and the old Sydenham estate which we retained in 2009 despite a collapse of 1300 votes. Our sitting councillor Dave Loveridge is also a town and district member and was first elected to Somerset in 1989. Other factors which affected the last election was the standing of a BNP candidate for the first time in this ward which meant a lot of none-Labour resources wand supporters ere committed to fight off the fascist threat which must have helped the labour vote. in the end the BNP was smashed but the Tory candidate was still only 20 votes behind.
|Bridgwater East & Bawdrip|
This seat is based on the Bower and Dunwear ends of the town but has gradually been adapted to include less safe areas as Bawdrip, Chedzoy and Weston Zoyland , making it a swing marginal. At the 2011 election the sitting county councillor David Hall -now a county portfolio holder imposing some of the major cutbacks, lost his town and district seats to Labour who swept the board in Dunwear and Fairfax wards. With a good candidate and a strong campaign labour could retake this final bBidgwater ward.
Whilst Pethy has never been a Labour seat it has often shown an 'independent tendancy' and has the feel that it's waiting for the right candidate to come along. Now including the heartily dissilusioned Stockmoor development it is a Labour gain waiting to happen.
The most solid tory seat of the 7 we're concentrating on, the Cannington ward includes Wembdon, Cannington, Combwich and all points to the Quantock ridge. With the libdem collapse the tories will expect an easy ride, but people may be surprised to know that the ward is one of Labours strongest in terms of members. Again the right campaign and candidate could cause a major upset in the most unlikely of places!!