9 member Lydiate Parish Council is now 6 Labour with 3 opposition Lib Dems from the declared results of yesterday.
No one could have been more surprised than me when I retained my seat on this Parish Council; it was certainly not expected. And I say that based on the fact that at the Borough election count for Park ward, which includes all of Lydiate Parish, (held last Friday) I was firmly removed from office as a Borough Councillor after my 16 years run. So you can imagine how surprised I was when the electors of Lydiate then put me back on the Parish Council. Indeed, 3 of the 4 Lib Dems who stood for Lydiate PC i.e. Edie Pope, Mark Courtney and I all won a seat.
But here’s the rub, a man who I think it is fair to call ‘Mr Lydiate’, Dave Russell, was that 4th Lib Dem candidate who sadly was not returned. In my view Dave has probably put more into Lydiate than any other local councillor that I can recall over the past 25 years or more. He must be hurting right now and I feel for him greatly. He did not deserve to be shown the door but such is the nature of being a local councillor; you never know when or often why the electors will say ‘thank you but that will be enough from you if you don’t mind’.
I do hope that it will be possible for we in opposition to be able to work reasonably and constructively with Lydiate’s new Labour rulers but that is a decision for them to take.