The 2012 election result for the Acocks Green council ward was as follows:
- John O’Shea (Labour) 2,170
- Roger Harmer (Lib Dem) 1,993
- Chris Whitehouse (UKIP) 269
- Joe Edgington (Tory) 247
- Amanda Baker (Green) 168
- Stella Taylor (BNP) 166
- Ben Rubery (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against the Cuts) 58
- Alan Ware (SDP) 15
Labour majority: 177
The heavy rain that fell through much of the day led to a reduced turnout of around 25% compared with nearer 30% in 2011.
My congratulations to John for his victory in what was a hard fought, but civilised campaign.
Given the size of our defeat in 2011 (Labour won by 941 last year) we knew it would be hard to win this year, especially in the mid term of a national government having to take difficult decisions to tackle the budget deficit. Nevertheless we fought a strong campaign and achieved a 5.5% swing back to the Lib Dems from Labour. My sincere thanks to everyone who gave us their support yesterday.
Acocks Green now has two Labour Councillors (John O’Shea and Stewart Stacey) together with one Liberal Democrat Councillor - Iain Bowen.
Meanwhile I’m pleased to report that the referendum, on the option to move to an elected mayor, resulted in a big no vote with 57.8% voting no and 42.3% voting yes.
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