ON behalf of my fellow Labour Party candidates I would like to thank all who voted for us in the Local Elections in East Grinstead.
We are Alice Tyrell, Ashurst Wood; Martin Goodson, Baldwins; Tess Fensterheim, Imberhorne; David Wilbraham, Town and myself, Brian Sturtevant, Ashplats.
This is the first time we have stood five candidates in the local wards and we have significantly improved our vote despite stiff opposition from several other parties and the adverse national trend.
It proves that there is an active Labour opposition to the Tory majority in Mid Sussex and East Grinstead, and we intend to build on this strong foundation for the future.
Chairman East Grinstead Labour Party
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Above: Daisy Cooper, the Lib Dem candidate for the Mid Sussex Parliamentary seat, seat lost out to Sir Nicholas Soames
EAST Grinstead Liberal Democrats have benefitted from the upsurge of 10,000 new members across the country since last week’s disastrous election results left them without a leader and with just eight MPs.
A determination to be ready for the next Local and General Elections has encouraged people to sign up and show their support of the town’s Lib Dems now and in the future, said East Grinstead Lib Dem activist Paul Johnson.
“It is heartening to have this welcome show of support for the party.
“So many people missed us fighting this election locally but we had a feeling it was a fight we wouldn’t win.
“Next time will be very different however and we look forward to welcoming anyone who wants to show their support.
“We would encourage anyone wanting to get involved locally to contact Steve Blanch our membership Secretary Steve Blanch at: firstname.lastname@example.org“
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Ref: Letter of thanks to East Grinstead’s voters from Labour Party candidate
I would like to thank the thousands of Labour voters who turned out in Mid Sussex last Thursday to vote for me in the General Election and fellow party members standing in Local Elections.
Without your support we would not have beaten every other party apart from the Conservatives, and finished with second highest share of votes in the Parliamentary Election.
However, the final outcome is a massive problem for democratic debate. Nearly 50,000 people in Mid Sussex have no alternative voice. At every level of government the Tories are virtually unopposed: at County, District or Town level throughout Mid Sussex there are almost no representatives from any other Party.
The impact of such an outcome is that there will be little transparency and virtually no debate on any issues in Mid Sussex. There is quite simply no opposition voice and therefore no checks and balances on the issues that affect us all locally, for example:
• Redevelopment of the Martlets complex In Burgess Hill
• Uncontrolled house building on precious green field sites in Haywards Heath
• Gridlocked traffic in Felbridge and East Grinstead.
And across the constituency there will be no hope for turning back the privatisation of our hospitals, opposing greater cuts to services such as those for the elderly, escaping the low wage economy that drives reliance on in-work benefits and food banks, ending cuts to benefits and fighting retention of the heart-breaking Bedroom Tax.
For the Conservatives in Mid Sussex the only way is down. They cannot scare-monger any more. In future they have no one else to blame for decisions. I call upon the Conservatives, particularly Garry Wall to show leadership now. As Leader of the District Council he must reach out to the community to get a sense of what is important, rather than relying on his own Party bubble.
And ultimately there is a better way forward. Those of you who voted Labour, join us and help us to continue growing at: http://www.midsussexlabour.org.uk/
Together we can make Mid Sussex better for all.
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CLLR Garry Wall, Leader of the Conservative Group at Mid Sussex District Council, has said his party’s landslide victory is a vote of confidence in their administration.
After seeing every seat on the District Council won by Conservative candidates Cllr Wall said: “This is an outstanding result for the Conservatives in Mid Sussex and a real vote of confidence in our leadership of the Council and the work of our Councillors in their communities.
“The scale of the result means even greater responsibility and we will continue to administer sound governance in an open and inclusive way, listening and responding to the views of local residents.
“We know that significant challenges still lie ahead but our recent excellent track record demonstrates that we are best placed to continue to deliver the high quality public services and value for money that our taxpayers and residents expect.”
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AFTER a count of all the Mid Sussex Town and District Council results took 17 hours yesterday, the Conservatives were declared winners in all 19 of the East Grinstead Town Council seats in contention.
The new Town Councillors are as follows:
Liz Bennet, John Dabell, Danny Favor and Jacquie Russell
Margaret Belsey, Nick Hodges, Julie Mockford, Norman Webster
Bob Mainstone, Frank Osborne, Rex Whittaker
East Grinstead Town Ward
Edward Matthews, Norman Mockford, Adam Peacock, Peter Wyan
Heronyte Ward (returned uncontested)
Christine Mainstone, Adam Reeves, Dick Sweatman
Worsted Ward (returned uncontested)
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THE Conservatives have taken all 54 seats at Mid Sussex District Council.
The successful candidates for the East Grinstead area are:
Edward Belsey and Dick Sweatman
Liz Bennett and Peter Reed
Heidi Brunsdon and Bob Mainstone
Norman Webster and Margaret Belsey
Norman Mockford and Peter Wyan
Copthorne and Worth
Edward Matthews and Tony Dorey
Philip Coote, Bruce Forbes and Neville Walker
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SIR Nicholas Soames, who was returned to Parliament to represent Mid Sussex for the fifth time on Thursday, has explained to ITV why he thinks the Opinion Polls got it so wrong ahead of the day.
Speaking yesterday after one of the biggest shake-ups in recent political history, Sir Nicholas said that pollsters were simply not reflecting the story on the doorsteps where sensible policies and the economic security offered by the Conservatives were what the majority of “aspiring” voters told prospective parliamentary candidates they were in favour of.
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THIS was the scene in the London Road 105 years ago when the results of the Election were announced from the Rock Garden on 12 December.
Below: yesterday’s candidates lined up to hear their fate
Photo top: courtesy of East Grinstead Museum
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CLAIMS by UKIP candidate Toby Brothers that Mid Sussex was swinging in his favour proved unfounded when last night’s election results left him in third place with just 12% of the vote.
But in a statement issued this morning Brothers blamed the SNP and the electoral system rather than the rejection of the electorate for his defeat.
“It became brutally clear that the SNP leader caused fear in centre right voters in Britain, who voted tactically for the Tories instead of UKIP, to ensure Nicola Sturgeon held no influence.
“Some openly told me that despite preferring the UKIP manifesto, they would have to vote Tory again.
“So perversely for Nicola Sturgeon, she helped the Tories win without UKIP seats.
“We should reflect that the SNP has won 56 seats for only 1.5 million votes, whilst UKIP’s 3.5 million votes brought us just one seat.
“This is not democracy. The legitimacy of that result requires debate in our country. UKIP have nevertheless had a very large number of second places.
“I just hope we shall be granted a free and fair EU referendum, with decent funding rules, a proper in/out question, unfettered by EU funding and propaganda.
“Mr Cameron promised a referendum and I challenge him to have a fair fight. I also ask him to acknowledge that a proper alternative to staying in the EU is to present an ‘out’ vote on the basis of a proper trade agreement with the EU.
“As we know, 60 countries already have a trade agreement with the EU. It is unconscionable that Britain, being the world’s fifth largest economy would not be granted a full trading agreement upon exit.”
Toby Brothers UKIP
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GREG Mountain, has thanked his supporters for what he called a “brilliant” result in Mid Sussex, which saw Labour came second to the Conservatives’ Sir Nicholas Soames.
Soames took 56.1% of the votes cast, but Mountain’s 13.9% edged him into second place ahead of UKIP with 12% and the Lib Dems with 11.5%.
“Thanks to your efforts, support, kind words and dedication we finished second in Mid Sussex,” he said. “Labour is now the alternative to Tories. And we made them work.
“A brilliant result that bucks the national trend, our share of the vote more than doubled and beat UKIP into 3rd and Lib Dems into 4th.
“Let’s hope local elections on Saturday’s count bring us just rewards.”
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ON a night of extraordinary scenes across the nation, Sir Nicholas Soames’ re-election to the Mid Sussex seat represented a personal triumph as he more than tripled his majority.
After weeks of campaigning, he received 32,268 votes, which represented 56.1% of the votes cast.
His nearest rival, Greg Mountain representing Labour, received 7,982 votes, with UKIP’s Toby Brothers close on his heels with 6,898.
The Lib Dem’s Daisy Cooper – who didn’t appear at the count – received 6,604 votes.
The remaining three candidates – Green Miranda Diboll, Independent Beki Adam and Baron Von Thunderclap of The Monster Raving Loony Party – all lost their deposits.
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IN an extraordinary night for British politics, Sir Nicholas Soames has increased his majority to regain the Mid Sussex seat.
Speaking from the count this morning, Sir Nicholas said: “This has been an extraordinary night across the country and I am very proud to have been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex.
“I dedicate myself for another Parliament to the service of my constituents and I thank them for placing their trust in me and my Party.”
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THIS is the scene right now at the Mid Sussex count where the ballot boxes are being received and verified by Election officials as they arrive from polling stations across the District.
It is expected that collecting and verifying the boxes will take until 2am when the General Election count will start.
The result is expected sometime after 5.30am.
The count for seats on the Town and District Councils will take place on Saturday.
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WAKEHURST Place is looking lovely this Election Day with the bluebells out and the pheasants enjoying a stroll in the grounds.
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THIS UKIP poster on the Tunbridge Wells Road has been altered to suggest that instead of voting for candidate Peter Griffiths, electors might cast a vote for Peter Griffin of Family Guy.
Photo Graham Stevens
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TODAY we invited all the candidates standing for the Mid Sussex seat in tomorrow’s election to make a final pitch to undecided voters. Here is why Miranda Diboll thinks it is time to go Green.
“I went for a relaxing, long walk in the country over the weekend: for a moment it felt like the problems of 2015 didn’t exist.
I sat a while: all I could hear was birdsong – in this timeless bubble it occurred to me how lucky I was that I only had to walk ten minutes from home to be so far removed from the stresses of today’s workaday life.
It’s all too easy to believe that the world will stay this way forever, but my walk was just a fleeting moment: my walk back home was via a busy country lane, clogged with a volume of traffic it was never designed to take. This reminded me that all is not so well in the Mid Sussex idyll.
Today, we face three interconnected crises. Firstly, despite what members of the 2010-15 coalition chant at us ad nauseam on our TV screens, our economy is in trouble.
Right now it might feel as if we’ll be okay if we stay on the same path. But in truth living standards are falling and our economy depends far too much on an unsustainable financial sector as the real economy produces less and less.
We have the lowest GDP per capita in Northern Europe yet work harder than our European neighbours. We are running to keep still: so much for ‘the plan that is working.’
Secondly, there is the electoral system. The aftermath of Thursday’s election is likely to make clear that it is an anachronistic mess incapable of responding effectively to the political will of the British people in the twenty-first century.
The ‘first past the post’ system means that only a relative handful of votes in ‘swing seats’ really count: many constituents in ‘safe seats’ like Mid Sussex feel utterly frustrated that election after election they continue to be represented by someone for whom most of them didn’t vote.
Thirdly, we are taking our natural resources for granted. Unless we stop vast corporations from plundering our children’s future for short-term gain, the world our children will inherit will be bleak. In Mid Sussex the key issue is fracking, to which I’m passionately opposed. But increasingly the natural world for which each generation is merely a custodian is being commodified and ruined.
I joined the Green Party because they are the only party offering real long term solutions so these three crises.
No other party standing in Mid Sussex is explicitly against politically motivated ‘austerity.’
No other party has a serious plan for talking climate change and protecting the planet for future generations.
No other party wants constitutional change so everyone’s vote counts.
As a Mid Sussex resident I worry about my children’s future. As a mother I am shocked that it is now tougher for the younger generation to get on in life than it was for me.
I can walk around East Grinstead on a beautiful spring day and feel like I’m in a picture book; but a few miles down the road there are food banks: even in East Grinstead there are people who cannot afford food. I remember the lady I met on her doorstep, only minutes away from the historic town centre, so distraught she’d given up on voting.
Mid Sussex needs a change for the short-term and the longer-term future. The threats we face – fracking, over-development, inadequate and under-funded public services, the threat to our green spaces and our local wildlife – exist because nobody is really standing up for Mid Sussex right now.
I’m a local mum and I represent no vested interests. A Green vote, a vote for change, is not a wasted vote in Mid Sussex.
If you want an MP who challenges ideologically imposed ‘austerity’, who opposes fracking on principle, who believes public services should be in public hands, who sees the wellbeing of our wildlife and green spaces as a non-negotiable, then vote Green tomorrow.”
* Today we are carrying final statements from all the candidates standing for the Mid Sussex seat in tomorrow’s election.
We have also in recent weeks carried profiles of all the candidates standing for Town and District Council seats as well as the Mid Sussex seat in Parliament
You can see these and all our other election stories by looking under Election in our headings.
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With the General Election tomorrow, UKIP’s Toby Brothers says he is the only realistic alternative to Sir Nicholas Soames.
“Dear Friend & Voter, I wanted you to know a bit more about me before you decide.
Don’t call me ‘Sir’. I am always known as ‘Toby’, the fighter for truth and justice.
In Mid Sussex it is a two-horse race between Conservatives & UKIP – by voting for me, you won’t let Labour in.
I never give up – I have no political baggage – no vested interests running me – brought up without any prejudices – never scared to speak out for those I represent – I have learnt from every experience including: fostered babies – disabled children – marrying a Guyanese woman – divorce and joined-up families – running my own business – marrying a mixed-ethnicity woman.
Being an employer – being an English immigrant in Australia – helping the mentally ill – believing in Britain and Democracy – bringing up kids – making school lunches – being a Dad – looking after elderly relatives – doing the garden – playing my piano – looking after friends in trouble – training others – laughing at myself – taking up causes – joining UKIP – STANDING FOR PARLIAMENT.
So here I am, ready with all my life experiences, to represent Mid Sussex.
Give the underdog a try and help me save your Democracy from an EU Superstate.
Let’s shake it up together.”
* We will be carrying final statements from all the candidates throughout the day
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In her final plea to the town’s electorate before they go to the polls tomorrow, Independent Beki Adam said:
“Thank you to East Grinstead residents and beyond for the inspiring support and openness – and challenges.
We’ve had some thoroughly interesting conversations, rolling into debates on so many subjects, in person and in emails.
As an Independent, the duty for us as individuals, to participate and bring about change, in subtle as well as specific ways, has been brought to the fore.
This campaign has been a joy, a lot of hard work, and a test of my personal organisational and strategic skills.
For those, the campaign has been a great teacher, as have constituents with their complex and sometimes heart-rending experiences.
Were I to make it to be the Mid Sussex MP, I would build on that.
Meanwhile, just thank you.”
* We will be carrying final statements from all the candidates throughout the day
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IN her last plea to convince voters to elect her for the Mid Sussex seat, Liberal Democrat candidate Daisy Cooper said:
“LIBERAL Democrats are winning the argument that they are the only party that can deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society; in recent days we have been praised for our role in government by The Times, The Financial Times, the Independent and The Sun.
In the final days of the campaign here in Mid Sussex, local Lib Dems will be out and about talking to residents about the issues that matter to them.
Our message is clear: the Tory failure to deliver a Local Plan has left our towns and villages vulnerable to a development free-for-all at a time when possible Gatwick expansion could bring unprecedented pressure on infrastructure and services.
We can’t continue to gamble with our future.
As the MP for Mid Sussex, I will work tirelessly to protect services, jobs and our beautiful countryside. A vote for the Lib Dems on 7 May, is a vote to protect and promote the future of East Grinstead.”
* We will be carrying final statements from all the Parliamentary candidates throughout the day
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WITH just a few hours to go before Election Day, Sir Nicholas Soames tells us why voters should vote Conservative tomorrow.
“I have made the point in East Grinstead before and during the campaign that if I am re-elected I will continue to support our magnificent NHS; I will continue to work against over-development and all the problems that come with it; I will continue to campaign against our lack of infrastructure and against a second runway at Gatwick and I will continue to support our local economy and to ensure that there will be an in and out referendum in 2017 on Britain’s membership of the European Union.
Following the continuing failures by Southern Railway and Network Rail on the East Grinstead line I think it is time that the Government reassesses their contracts and takes some harsh action against this constant failure causing gross inconvenience to local residents.
I think local people want stability, jobs, a growing economy and opportunities and aspirations in their lives and in those of their children.
I really want the Conservatives to win so that our country can continue to flourish with fairness and growing opportunities for all.
Thank you East Grinstead residents for the kind and generous reception that you have given me.”
* We will be carrying final statements from all the Parliamentary candidates throughout the day
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FOR a full list of all the candidates standing in the Town and Mid Sussex District Council Elections see: http://www.midsussex.gov.uk/elections/9812.htm
To read profiles of all the candidates standing in your ward look under Elections in our headings, or put their name into our search box.
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HERE is a reminder of the candidates who are standing for the Mid Sussex Parliamentary seat in tomorrow’s General Election.
To read profiles of any of the candidates, look under Election in our headings, or put their name into our search box.
Baron Von Thunderclap
Independent Beki Adam
UKIP Toby Brothers
Liberal Democrat Daisy Cooper
Green Miranda Diboll
Labour Greg Mountain
Conservative Nicholas Soames
The Monster Raving Loony Party Baron Von Thunderclap
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WITH less than 48 hours to go before the polls open, Greg Mountain, the Labour Party’s candidate for the Mid Sussex Parliamentary seat, has called on the Lib Dem’s Daisy Cooper to stand down.
In a statement issued this evening he said: “I understand that Daisy Cooper, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Sussex, is also standing as a candidate for District and Town Council in Lewes Bridge in the neighbouring Lewes Constituency.
“The Labour Party would never encourage such a cynical way of treating voters.
“In my view it insults people in Mid Sussex and Lewes who would expect full commitment to a constituency. I think Daisy Cooper should withdraw from all elections immediately.”
Photo top Steve Hall
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