Labour holds Caerphilly council seat in Blackwood after by-election

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LABOUR has held a county council seat in Blackwood in a by-election after a councillor stood down for family reasons earlier this year.

Cllr Allan Rees was elected in the poll which took place in the Caerphilly county borough town on Thursday.

The by-election was called after Labour Blackwood Councillor Diana Ellis stood down for family reasons.

Cllr Rees said: “It’s still sinking in, but I’m very pleased. There was a lot of hard work.

“Coming in on a by-election is different to coming in on a normal election, as its just you. The intensity is a lot more focused I think.”

Father-of-two Cllr Rees, 33, who is going to continue his work as a social worker for Newport council, said he has always wanted to stand as a councillor.

The Blackwood resident said: “I’ve settled now with my children and my family – I thought it this is perhaps the right time to run.”

Councillor Rees will join Labour Councillors Nigel Dix and Pat Cook to represent the Blackwood in the ward.

Islwyn Labour MP Mr Evans said: “I am delighted that Allan has secured a victory for Labour, winning such a large percentage of the vote.

“I am sure that he is going to make an excellent councillor, and will work hard with Pat and Nigel to represent the people of Blackwood.”

Allan Rees polled 620 votes in the poll that took place on April 24.

Independent candidate Keith Smallman came second in the poll, taking 477 votes, while Plaid’s Andrew Farina-Childs came third, polling 349 votes.

The Tories' Cameron Muir-Jones took 68 votes.

A total of 1,520 votes were cast – with a turnout of 24.3 per cent. There were six spoilt ballot papers.

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4:09pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Realist UK says...

All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced.
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced. Realist UK
  • Score: 12

4:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Mr Holder says...

Nowt thicker than your average Welsh Labour voter.
Nowt thicker than your average Welsh Labour voter. Mr Holder
  • Score: 6

5:31pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Magor says...

I dont think people employed by a council should be able to stand as a councillor.
I dont think people employed by a council should be able to stand as a councillor. Magor
  • Score: 0

5:33pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Magor says...

Realist UK wrote:
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced.
Labour blame the Tories for everything yet do nothing better.
[quote][p][bold]Realist UK[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced.[/p][/quote]Labour blame the Tories for everything yet do nothing better. Magor
  • Score: 3

5:35pm Fri 25 Apr 14

theviking666 says...

All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting. theviking666
  • Score: 3

8:39pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council?
Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council? Woodgnome
  • Score: -6

11:34am Sat 26 Apr 14

Nig says...

Realist UK wrote:
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced.
illegal car payment made under Plaid Cymru not Labour ,as was the surveillance.
[quote][p][bold]Realist UK[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced.[/p][/quote]illegal car payment made under Plaid Cymru not Labour ,as was the surveillance. Nig
  • Score: 4

11:37am Sat 26 Apr 14

Nig says...

Mr Holder wrote:
Nowt thicker than your average Welsh Labour voter.
what a plonker you are , the people of Blackwood have spoken, respect their decision.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Holder[/bold] wrote: Nowt thicker than your average Welsh Labour voter.[/p][/quote]what a plonker you are , the people of Blackwood have spoken, respect their decision. Nig
  • Score: 0

11:39am Sat 26 Apr 14

Nig says...

Magor wrote:
I dont think people employed by a council should be able to stand as a councillor.
Cllr Rees works for a different authority, you can not stand for the same authority that you work for , your argument is nonsense
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: I dont think people employed by a council should be able to stand as a councillor.[/p][/quote]Cllr Rees works for a different authority, you can not stand for the same authority that you work for , your argument is nonsense Nig
  • Score: 6

11:46am Sat 26 Apr 14

Nig says...

Magor wrote:
Realist UK wrote:
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced.
Labour blame the Tories for everything yet do nothing better.
its the Tories cuts to WAG mean a £14. 5 million cut in CCBC funding, with another £14 million to come, car payments made by Plaid and they claim not have known about them , that's how little control Plaid had.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Realist UK[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced.[/p][/quote]Labour blame the Tories for everything yet do nothing better.[/p][/quote]its the Tories cuts to WAG mean a £14. 5 million cut in CCBC funding, with another £14 million to come, car payments made by Plaid and they claim not have known about them , that's how little control Plaid had. Nig
  • Score: 5

11:48am Sat 26 Apr 14

Nig says...

theviking666 wrote:
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.
what utter rubbish
[quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.[/p][/quote]what utter rubbish Nig
  • Score: 4

11:49am Sat 26 Apr 14

Nig says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council?
and the Tories are in power when the did not win the general election , your point is silly
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council?[/p][/quote]and the Tories are in power when the did not win the general election , your point is silly Nig
  • Score: 4

12:11pm Sat 26 Apr 14

theviking666 says...

Nig wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.
what utter rubbish
Well nig, give us your reason for such a low turn out then?
[quote][p][bold]Nig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.[/p][/quote]what utter rubbish[/p][/quote]Well nig, give us your reason for such a low turn out then? theviking666
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

You like the sound of your own comments Nig. Give your blind faith a rest.
You like the sound of your own comments Nig. Give your blind faith a rest. Woodgnome
  • Score: 7

9:46am Sun 27 Apr 14

Realist UK says...

Nig wrote:
Realist UK wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced.
illegal car payment made under Plaid Cymru not Labour ,as was the surveillance.
What are Labour doing to address these issues? There are many senior officials who benefitted from car payments and yet the rank & file workforce remain supressed on low wages. As for surveillance, this was a legacy of the current acting CEO Stuart Rosser. He was CEO when the surveillance operation and it's illegal contract were awarded and yet Mr Rosser was welcomed back with gusto by Harry Andrews. Labour need a serious overhaul in the running of CCBC.
[quote][p][bold]Nig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Realist UK[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour whatever evidence is put before them against such doing a foolhardy thing. Labour controlled Caerphilly authority have recently evidenced they're incapable of reigning in spending. The continuing court case against 3 execs for misconduct, illegal car payments, surveillance of employees and now car park charges for local amenities shows how ineffectual they are. Blaming the Tory cuts has become their bog standard excuse for most decisions they make and it's wearing thin. Now we hear their leader is resigning at short notice before the outcome of the court hearing has been announced.[/p][/quote]illegal car payment made under Plaid Cymru not Labour ,as was the surveillance.[/p][/quote]What are Labour doing to address these issues? There are many senior officials who benefitted from car payments and yet the rank & file workforce remain supressed on low wages. As for surveillance, this was a legacy of the current acting CEO Stuart Rosser. He was CEO when the surveillance operation and it's illegal contract were awarded and yet Mr Rosser was welcomed back with gusto by Harry Andrews. Labour need a serious overhaul in the running of CCBC. Realist UK
  • Score: 3

10:02am Mon 28 Apr 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Congratulations to Mr Rees on his election. It was a shame to see Cllr Ellis stand down, but I'm sure he'll do a good job.

It says a lot that the small minority of right-whingers in Gwent respond to a Labour victory in a by-election by insulting the electorate. And they wonder why the tories poll so badly in Wales...
Congratulations to Mr Rees on his election. It was a shame to see Cllr Ellis stand down, but I'm sure he'll do a good job. It says a lot that the small minority of right-whingers in Gwent respond to a Labour victory in a by-election by insulting the electorate. And they wonder why the tories poll so badly in Wales... BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: -3

10:13am Mon 28 Apr 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council?
You could say the same for any Tory councillor in Monmouthshire, Woodgnome.

The tory leader of Mon CC Peter Fox was elected with only 359 votes (and a majority of 75). The winner of the Blackwood by-election had nearly twice as many votes as Mr Fox. Bob Bright in Newport had three times as many votes as Mr Fox.

On the issue of turnouts, lower turnouts usually benefit the tories as few people gain anything from their policies. That's the reason tory party have always had such an awkward relationship with democracy!
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council?[/p][/quote]You could say the same for any Tory councillor in Monmouthshire, Woodgnome. The tory leader of Mon CC Peter Fox was elected with only 359 votes (and a majority of 75). The winner of the Blackwood by-election had nearly twice as many votes as Mr Fox. Bob Bright in Newport had three times as many votes as Mr Fox. On the issue of turnouts, lower turnouts usually benefit the tories as few people gain anything from their policies. That's the reason tory party have always had such an awkward relationship with democracy! BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Mon 28 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Dolly the Sheep could have won, as long as she had the RED ROSETTE on....
Dolly the Sheep could have won, as long as she had the RED ROSETTE on.... welshmen
  • Score: 4

10:13pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council?
You could say the same for any Tory councillor in Monmouthshire, Woodgnome.

The tory leader of Mon CC Peter Fox was elected with only 359 votes (and a majority of 75). The winner of the Blackwood by-election had nearly twice as many votes as Mr Fox. Bob Bright in Newport had three times as many votes as Mr Fox.

On the issue of turnouts, lower turnouts usually benefit the tories as few people gain anything from their policies. That's the reason tory party have always had such an awkward relationship with democracy!
What do you assume I make a party political point? It's totally pathetic that ANY Councillor is elected on such a low turnout. The politicians have only themselves to blame for completely turning off the electorate.

So you suggest that Bright was elected on less than 1100 votes - certainly makes you think does it not?
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council?[/p][/quote]You could say the same for any Tory councillor in Monmouthshire, Woodgnome. The tory leader of Mon CC Peter Fox was elected with only 359 votes (and a majority of 75). The winner of the Blackwood by-election had nearly twice as many votes as Mr Fox. Bob Bright in Newport had three times as many votes as Mr Fox. On the issue of turnouts, lower turnouts usually benefit the tories as few people gain anything from their policies. That's the reason tory party have always had such an awkward relationship with democracy![/p][/quote]What do you assume I make a party political point? It's totally pathetic that ANY Councillor is elected on such a low turnout. The politicians have only themselves to blame for completely turning off the electorate. So you suggest that Bright was elected on less than 1100 votes - certainly makes you think does it not? Woodgnome
  • Score: -3

11:19pm Mon 28 Apr 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Woodgnome wrote:
BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council?
You could say the same for any Tory councillor in Monmouthshire, Woodgnome.

The tory leader of Mon CC Peter Fox was elected with only 359 votes (and a majority of 75). The winner of the Blackwood by-election had nearly twice as many votes as Mr Fox. Bob Bright in Newport had three times as many votes as Mr Fox.

On the issue of turnouts, lower turnouts usually benefit the tories as few people gain anything from their policies. That's the reason tory party have always had such an awkward relationship with democracy!
What do you assume I make a party political point? It's totally pathetic that ANY Councillor is elected on such a low turnout. The politicians have only themselves to blame for completely turning off the electorate.

So you suggest that Bright was elected on less than 1100 votes - certainly makes you think does it not?
I take your point about low turnouts Woodgnome, but don't really see why Bob Bright was singled out when he had 1,000 plus votes compared to his Monmouthshire equivalent Peter Fox who had around 350 (and only a 75 majority).

I agree that it's a shame that more people don't turn out in Council elections generally, and there does seem to be an issue of a disconnect with politics, which is a problem for all parties across the board. As a Labour supporter for example of course I'd like to see a general election style turn-out in some of the marginal Newport and Monmouthshire Council ward seats - in many cases this would turn a narrow blue or yellow seat firmly over to my preferred side (the red one).

However I would say that in this Council Ward by-election (that has had very little publicity) 620 votes is a decent enough haul for any candidate, and it's good to see a fresh young face in local politics. I wish Cllr Rees all the best.
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Troubling that any Councillor is given a mandate with such a pathetically low vote count. As a matter of interest does anyone know Bob Bright's last vote count - which led him to be Leader of a Newport City Council?[/p][/quote]You could say the same for any Tory councillor in Monmouthshire, Woodgnome. The tory leader of Mon CC Peter Fox was elected with only 359 votes (and a majority of 75). The winner of the Blackwood by-election had nearly twice as many votes as Mr Fox. Bob Bright in Newport had three times as many votes as Mr Fox. On the issue of turnouts, lower turnouts usually benefit the tories as few people gain anything from their policies. That's the reason tory party have always had such an awkward relationship with democracy![/p][/quote]What do you assume I make a party political point? It's totally pathetic that ANY Councillor is elected on such a low turnout. The politicians have only themselves to blame for completely turning off the electorate. So you suggest that Bright was elected on less than 1100 votes - certainly makes you think does it not?[/p][/quote]I take your point about low turnouts Woodgnome, but don't really see why Bob Bright was singled out when he had 1,000 plus votes compared to his Monmouthshire equivalent Peter Fox who had around 350 (and only a 75 majority). I agree that it's a shame that more people don't turn out in Council elections generally, and there does seem to be an issue of a disconnect with politics, which is a problem for all parties across the board. As a Labour supporter for example of course I'd like to see a general election style turn-out in some of the marginal Newport and Monmouthshire Council ward seats - in many cases this would turn a narrow blue or yellow seat firmly over to my preferred side (the red one). However I would say that in this Council Ward by-election (that has had very little publicity) 620 votes is a decent enough haul for any candidate, and it's good to see a fresh young face in local politics. I wish Cllr Rees all the best. BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: 4

11:44pm Mon 28 Apr 14

allanrees1980 says...

Im sure if Plaid has won on similar figures then this wouldnt have been an issue. Accross the borough the amount of votes to councillor, either Plaid or Labour (even indpendent) is low.

I find it quite amusing that Plaid supporters are calling Labour supports some derogatory names. Im sure that will help to attract voters.

We fought this election with a clean mandate, we didnt make swipes at Plaid and scaremonger the public, we showed what has already been acheived and what my qualities as a candidate could acheieve in the furture.

Problem is people are disengaged from Politics, Assembly politics are labelled "boring" by the media as there's none of the adversary that Westminsters offers that sells newspapers. I hate that type of politics where people are intollerant of each other and down right indignant at times. These are are hard times, its not time for scawbling or petty arguements. Its time for resolve and healthy intelligent debate to come to suitable conclusions to issueswe the public face.

About £14 million was cut from the council budget this year, we need to make more sensible savings and playing politcal games will just lead to bad decisions being made. I'm young and Im sick to the back teeth of people being petty with each other in politics, thats why I run and call on my opposition in Blackwood to help build a better place for all, and to do that we need cohesion not conflict.
Im sure if Plaid has won on similar figures then this wouldnt have been an issue. Accross the borough the amount of votes to councillor, either Plaid or Labour (even indpendent) is low. I find it quite amusing that Plaid supporters are calling Labour supports some derogatory names. Im sure that will help to attract voters. We fought this election with a clean mandate, we didnt make swipes at Plaid and scaremonger the public, we showed what has already been acheived and what my qualities as a candidate could acheieve in the furture. Problem is people are disengaged from Politics, Assembly politics are labelled "boring" by the media as there's none of the adversary that Westminsters offers that sells newspapers. I hate that type of politics where people are intollerant of each other and down right indignant at times. These are are hard times, its not time for scawbling or petty arguements. Its time for resolve and healthy intelligent debate to come to suitable conclusions to issueswe the public face. About £14 million was cut from the council budget this year, we need to make more sensible savings and playing politcal games will just lead to bad decisions being made. I'm young and Im sick to the back teeth of people being petty with each other in politics, thats why I run and call on my opposition in Blackwood to help build a better place for all, and to do that we need cohesion not conflict. allanrees1980
  • Score: 1

7:47am Tue 29 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

allanrees1980 wrote:
Im sure if Plaid has won on similar figures then this wouldnt have been an issue. Accross the borough the amount of votes to councillor, either Plaid or Labour (even indpendent) is low.

I find it quite amusing that Plaid supporters are calling Labour supports some derogatory names. Im sure that will help to attract voters.

We fought this election with a clean mandate, we didnt make swipes at Plaid and scaremonger the public, we showed what has already been acheived and what my qualities as a candidate could acheieve in the furture.

Problem is people are disengaged from Politics, Assembly politics are labelled "boring" by the media as there's none of the adversary that Westminsters offers that sells newspapers. I hate that type of politics where people are intollerant of each other and down right indignant at times. These are are hard times, its not time for scawbling or petty arguements. Its time for resolve and healthy intelligent debate to come to suitable conclusions to issueswe the public face.

About £14 million was cut from the council budget this year, we need to make more sensible savings and playing politcal games will just lead to bad decisions being made. I'm young and Im sick to the back teeth of people being petty with each other in politics, thats why I run and call on my opposition in Blackwood to help build a better place for all, and to do that we need cohesion not conflict.
I agree with your view on cohesion. Try telling that to Newport Labour Councillors who thrive and petty opposition to everything that is not proposed by themselves.

I singled out Bright Bassaleg, as I was curious. Why do the left in these comments always suppose that anyone who does not agree with them are rabid right wingers? Take note of allanrees1980'2 comments on cohesion.
[quote][p][bold]allanrees1980[/bold] wrote: Im sure if Plaid has won on similar figures then this wouldnt have been an issue. Accross the borough the amount of votes to councillor, either Plaid or Labour (even indpendent) is low. I find it quite amusing that Plaid supporters are calling Labour supports some derogatory names. Im sure that will help to attract voters. We fought this election with a clean mandate, we didnt make swipes at Plaid and scaremonger the public, we showed what has already been acheived and what my qualities as a candidate could acheieve in the furture. Problem is people are disengaged from Politics, Assembly politics are labelled "boring" by the media as there's none of the adversary that Westminsters offers that sells newspapers. I hate that type of politics where people are intollerant of each other and down right indignant at times. These are are hard times, its not time for scawbling or petty arguements. Its time for resolve and healthy intelligent debate to come to suitable conclusions to issueswe the public face. About £14 million was cut from the council budget this year, we need to make more sensible savings and playing politcal games will just lead to bad decisions being made. I'm young and Im sick to the back teeth of people being petty with each other in politics, thats why I run and call on my opposition in Blackwood to help build a better place for all, and to do that we need cohesion not conflict.[/p][/quote]I agree with your view on cohesion. Try telling that to Newport Labour Councillors who thrive and petty opposition to everything that is not proposed by themselves. I singled out Bright Bassaleg, as I was curious. Why do the left in these comments always suppose that anyone who does not agree with them are rabid right wingers? Take note of allanrees1980'2 comments on cohesion. Woodgnome
  • Score: -2

8:18am Tue 29 Apr 14

Mervyn James says...

theviking666 wrote:
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.
Quite so, it also shows that despite the attacks on Labour, the voters are still prepared to turn uip and vote,whilst the moaners,daily wailers, anti-waggers, anti-welsh sit huddled over their computers and mobiles shouting humbug and doing nothing, you only get, what you ask for, Blackwood wanted Labour. Sorry lads you have get outside into the fresh air, and VOTE. expect labour to win Wales again, they cannot fail with the silent majority doing nowt at all.
[quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.[/p][/quote]Quite so, it also shows that despite the attacks on Labour, the voters are still prepared to turn uip and vote,whilst the moaners,daily wailers, anti-waggers, anti-welsh sit huddled over their computers and mobiles shouting humbug and doing nothing, you only get, what you ask for, Blackwood wanted Labour. Sorry lads you have get outside into the fresh air, and VOTE. expect labour to win Wales again, they cannot fail with the silent majority doing nowt at all. Mervyn James
  • Score: 5

7:57am Wed 30 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

Mervyn James wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.
Quite so, it also shows that despite the attacks on Labour, the voters are still prepared to turn uip and vote,whilst the moaners,daily wailers, anti-waggers, anti-welsh sit huddled over their computers and mobiles shouting humbug and doing nothing, you only get, what you ask for, Blackwood wanted Labour. Sorry lads you have get outside into the fresh air, and VOTE. expect labour to win Wales again, they cannot fail with the silent majority doing nowt at all.
Wouldn't it be refreshing if Nig and the Caerphilly Labour bunch actually came out and condemned the total lack of political oversight of the pay debacle, instead of trying to blame everyone else except themselves?
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.[/p][/quote]Quite so, it also shows that despite the attacks on Labour, the voters are still prepared to turn uip and vote,whilst the moaners,daily wailers, anti-waggers, anti-welsh sit huddled over their computers and mobiles shouting humbug and doing nothing, you only get, what you ask for, Blackwood wanted Labour. Sorry lads you have get outside into the fresh air, and VOTE. expect labour to win Wales again, they cannot fail with the silent majority doing nowt at all.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't it be refreshing if Nig and the Caerphilly Labour bunch actually came out and condemned the total lack of political oversight of the pay debacle, instead of trying to blame everyone else except themselves? Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

10:40am Wed 30 Apr 14

Independentvoter says...

Independent 2nd place ! Well Done !!!!
Independent 2nd place ! Well Done !!!! Independentvoter
  • Score: -2

11:12pm Wed 30 Apr 14

cymruamblyth says...

Mervyn James wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.
Quite so, it also shows that despite the attacks on Labour, the voters are still prepared to turn uip and vote,whilst the moaners,daily wailers, anti-waggers, anti-welsh sit huddled over their computers and mobiles shouting humbug and doing nothing, you only get, what you ask for, Blackwood wanted Labour. Sorry lads you have get outside into the fresh air, and VOTE. expect labour to win Wales again, they cannot fail with the silent majority doing nowt at all.
First there was the off topic rant about something about Sun readers thinking Football fans are thugs.. Now you say the 75% of Blackwood voters who didn't vote are right whingers. I wonder how those 620 people manage with all those fascists in Blackwood..
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.[/p][/quote]Quite so, it also shows that despite the attacks on Labour, the voters are still prepared to turn uip and vote,whilst the moaners,daily wailers, anti-waggers, anti-welsh sit huddled over their computers and mobiles shouting humbug and doing nothing, you only get, what you ask for, Blackwood wanted Labour. Sorry lads you have get outside into the fresh air, and VOTE. expect labour to win Wales again, they cannot fail with the silent majority doing nowt at all.[/p][/quote]First there was the off topic rant about something about Sun readers thinking Football fans are thugs.. Now you say the 75% of Blackwood voters who didn't vote are right whingers. I wonder how those 620 people manage with all those fascists in Blackwood.. cymruamblyth
  • Score: -4

4:07pm Thu 1 May 14

Mr Angry says...

Firstly well done to the 75 % who didn't vote, the low turnout is making politicians think .

Just as a point of interest why didn't the all conquering UKIP field a candidate ?
Firstly well done to the 75 % who didn't vote, the low turnout is making politicians think . Just as a point of interest why didn't the all conquering UKIP field a candidate ? Mr Angry
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Thu 1 May 14

Mervyn James says...

cymruamblyth wrote:
Mervyn James wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.
Quite so, it also shows that despite the attacks on Labour, the voters are still prepared to turn uip and vote,whilst the moaners,daily wailers, anti-waggers, anti-welsh sit huddled over their computers and mobiles shouting humbug and doing nothing, you only get, what you ask for, Blackwood wanted Labour. Sorry lads you have get outside into the fresh air, and VOTE. expect labour to win Wales again, they cannot fail with the silent majority doing nowt at all.
First there was the off topic rant about something about Sun readers thinking Football fans are thugs.. Now you say the 75% of Blackwood voters who didn't vote are right whingers. I wonder how those 620 people manage with all those fascists in Blackwood..
I didn't say 75% of Blackwood voters were whingers, I said the anti-labour anti-wag posters HERE are. Those who took the trouble to vote put labour in,get over it,if you live in Blackwood, then next time vote for who you ant, but it seems everyone BUT a potential Blackwood voter is moaning here ! Those who don't vote, don't count.
[quote][p][bold]cymruamblyth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: All this has proved is that there are 620 people in the Blackwood ward who are prepared to vote Labour And 75% of voters could not be bothered, that's what politicians off all parties have done, is to turn people off from voting.[/p][/quote]Quite so, it also shows that despite the attacks on Labour, the voters are still prepared to turn uip and vote,whilst the moaners,daily wailers, anti-waggers, anti-welsh sit huddled over their computers and mobiles shouting humbug and doing nothing, you only get, what you ask for, Blackwood wanted Labour. Sorry lads you have get outside into the fresh air, and VOTE. expect labour to win Wales again, they cannot fail with the silent majority doing nowt at all.[/p][/quote]First there was the off topic rant about something about Sun readers thinking Football fans are thugs.. Now you say the 75% of Blackwood voters who didn't vote are right whingers. I wonder how those 620 people manage with all those fascists in Blackwood..[/p][/quote]I didn't say 75% of Blackwood voters were whingers, I said the anti-labour anti-wag posters HERE are. Those who took the trouble to vote put labour in,get over it,if you live in Blackwood, then next time vote for who you ant, but it seems everyone BUT a potential Blackwood voter is moaning here ! Those who don't vote, don't count. Mervyn James
  • Score: 0

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