Herts County Council Elections 2017: 'The party is feeling ecstatic' - Conservative leader reacts to strong Stevenage gains in the Herts County Council elections
PUBLISHED: 11:33 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 May 2017
A Conservative resurgence in Stevenage could be down to the fact people voted on national issues like Brexit and party leadership, the local party leader has said.
It follows the Conservative’s big gains in Stevenage in yesterday’s Hertfordshire County Council elections in which the Tories took three seats from Labour.
They also won a by-election in the Shephall ward of Stevenage Borough Council.
It means Labour has lost its dominance over county council seats in Stevenage – although it remains completely dominant on Stevenage Borough Council.
James Fraser, the Tory group leader on Stevenage Borough Council, said: “The party is feeling ecstatic. Everyone last night was pretty happy and surprised in some cases.
“Labour are still dominant on the borough council, but every little helps. We’re working our way towards winning more.
“It’s a marker for how the General Election will go and we’re definitely seeing a shift in the way the vote has occurred.”
“I think it stems from Brexit and the trusting who is going to handle that the best. And although I respect him, Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has been seriously tested in the Labour Party.
“I think people voted for the colour rather than on local issues.”