Parties’ leaders get ready to ‘expect the unexpected’

Party members wait tensely for the count results at the last council elections

Party members wait tensely for the count results at the last council elections

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

If there’s one rule for local election results in Bradford, it is to expect the unexpected.

Even Bradford Council’s leader, Councillor David Green (Lab) admits as much, saying he’s anticipating “the odd unexpected result.” Labour is just short of an overall majority on the Council but is hoping to get this in the bag when the district goes to the polls tomorrow.

But the group, and the opposition Conservative group, are both facing tough competition from smaller parties hoping to get their foot in the door.

Coun Green said: “As ever, with Bradford elections, there is going to be the odd unexpected result. This is Bradford, and there always is. But the information we are getting back from our canvassing and public meetings is that there is a recognition of the progress that has been made in Bradford over the last four years.”

This year’s polls coincide with the European elections, and Coun Green acknowledged that this will “bring a different dynamic into it,” but that he was confident the public would be pleased with Labour’s record locally.

At the last local election, in 2012, it was Respect which caused an upset, with five councillors elected for the first time, shortly after George Galloway’s victory in the Bradford West parliamentary by-election.

While those councillors might have all since parted company with Respect, all eyes will be on city centre wards to see if the party makes another breakthrough. In the run-up to the elections, Mr Galloway has been scathing about the district’s performance in matters from schooling to health care. He said: “We're just about bottom of every league you'd want to be top of and top of every league you'd want to be bottom of.”

Another party with the potential to cause an upset is Ukip, which is hoping to get its first councillors elected into Bradford Council. Ukip is expected to do well in the European elections, and its local election candidates are optimistic those voting for them in Europe could vote for them locally too. Jason Smith, UKIP’s Bradford chairman, said people were now seeing it as more than a single-issue party.

Conservative leader, Councillor Glen Miller, acknowledged Ukip’s threat to his own party – and even to his own prospects of being re-elected in his Worth Valley ward.

He said he recognised people wanted to cast protest votes, but urged those who wanted to see change at the Council to back the Conservatives, as the only effective opposition to the Labour administration.

Green group leader Councillor Martin Love said it too was hoping to reap the benefits of people’s dissatisfaction with the three main parties.

The Liberal Democrats group remains upbeat about polling day, despite a slip in the party’s popularity nationally.

Group leader Councillor Jeanette Sunderland, said local Lib Dem councillors proved their worth to the electorate.

Six MEPs for the region will also be elected tomorrow, with people asked to vote for a party rather than individual candidates.

The following parties are standing in Yorkshire for the European Elections: An Independence from Europe; the British National Party; the Conservative Party; the English Democrats; the Green Party; the Labour Party; the Liberal Democrats; NO2EU; the UK Independence Party and Yorkshire First.

The count for the local elections will be held on Friday at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Odsal and Keighley Leisure Centre, with the results expected later in the afternoon. The European election results are being announced across the European Union on Sunday, May 25.

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6:27am Wed 21 May 14

OLDLAD says...

Problem is no matter who you vote for the townhall will not change. It will still be incompetent and chasing the bolting horse. People really need to think before they vote rather than voting for the party they always vote for.
Problem is no matter who you vote for the townhall will not change. It will still be incompetent and chasing the bolting horse. People really need to think before they vote rather than voting for the party they always vote for. OLDLAD
  • Score: 6

7:06am Wed 21 May 14

Albion. says...

"This year’s polls coincide with the European elections, and Coun Green acknowledged that this will “bring a different dynamic into it,” but that he was confident the public would be pleased with Labour’s record locally."

Really?
"This year’s polls coincide with the European elections, and Coun Green acknowledged that this will “bring a different dynamic into it,” but that he was confident the public would be pleased with Labour’s record locally." Really? Albion.
  • Score: 9

7:38am Wed 21 May 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Green is deluded. Unfortunately to many people simply vote for the party they always have done regardless of the results.

Take labour for example, Mr Flowers the **** watching whilst should be working drug taker. Labour totally covered up the reason he left then when found out buried the news the best they could offering Cllr Greens blog as an offical enquiry. All they were bothered about was retaining that seat.

Then you have ever growing calls for a reduction in councillors but they all close ranks and protect their positions cutting costs everywhere but where it directly effects them.

People should really think about their vote rather than just voting Labour/Tory because they always do otherwise nothing will ever change.
Green is deluded. Unfortunately to many people simply vote for the party they always have done regardless of the results. Take labour for example, Mr Flowers the **** watching whilst should be working drug taker. Labour totally covered up the reason he left then when found out buried the news the best they could offering Cllr Greens blog as an offical enquiry. All they were bothered about was retaining that seat. Then you have ever growing calls for a reduction in councillors but they all close ranks and protect their positions cutting costs everywhere but where it directly effects them. People should really think about their vote rather than just voting Labour/Tory because they always do otherwise nothing will ever change. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 10

8:20am Wed 21 May 14

bd7 helper says...

Councillors are already in busts up before the count
Councillors are already in busts up before the count bd7 helper
  • Score: 6

9:10am Wed 21 May 14

Avro says...

GG is making an ar5se of himself again -

"I don't want your f***ing votes"

http://www.thetelegr
aphandargus.co.uk/ne
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GG is making an ar5se of himself again - "I don't want your f***ing votes" http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/11223211.Video_ra nt_Bradford_MP_Georg e_Galloway____regret s_losing_temper___/ Avro
  • Score: 3

10:05am Wed 21 May 14

Not so simple says...

Check this out

MP's have over 200 days off per year !
http://rt.com/news/1
60252-uk-parliament-
days-off/

Then they want a pay rise! You cannot make this pooh up
Check this out MP's have over 200 days off per year ! http://rt.com/news/1 60252-uk-parliament- days-off/ Then they want a pay rise! You cannot make this pooh up Not so simple
  • Score: 3

10:36am Wed 21 May 14

Albion. says...

Not so simple wrote:
Check this out

MP's have over 200 days off per year !
http://rt.com/news/1

60252-uk-parliament-

days-off/

Then they want a pay rise! You cannot make this pooh up
Pay rise?

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-politics-23
262503
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: Check this out MP's have over 200 days off per year ! http://rt.com/news/1 60252-uk-parliament- days-off/ Then they want a pay rise! You cannot make this pooh up[/p][/quote]Pay rise? http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-politics-23 262503 Albion.
  • Score: 1

11:38am Wed 21 May 14

pjl20 says...

My greatest concern is that the Bradford Elections Unit and the Returning Officer Antony Reeves are being proactive and diligent in monitoring that the rules and practices of adhering to the voting system are being kept to.

We know that the Electoral Commission is paying very close attention to how the postal votes, in particular, are being handled in 16 cities and districts throughout the country, including Bradford.

Bradford does not have a good record for this. Two Bradford councillors having previously been found guilty and jailed for malpractice at past elections.
My greatest concern is that the Bradford Elections Unit and the Returning Officer Antony Reeves are being proactive and diligent in monitoring that the rules and practices of adhering to the voting system are being kept to. We know that the Electoral Commission is paying very close attention to how the postal votes, in particular, are being handled in 16 cities and districts throughout the country, including Bradford. Bradford does not have a good record for this. Two Bradford councillors having previously been found guilty and jailed for malpractice at past elections. pjl20
  • Score: 5

12:09pm Wed 21 May 14

Apollo says...

Postal voting and poll intimidation is widespread in some areas of Bradford as reported on the BBC news this morning - all in 'Asian areas'.

However, nothing will be done. Look how long it took the T&A to take down the comments on the thread yesterday about a Councillor being hit - sheer cowardice on the part of the editor.

We know it goes on and it will happen tomorrow in some areas of the city.

The Returning Officer will turn a blind eye as he always does.
Postal voting and poll intimidation is widespread in some areas of Bradford as reported on the BBC news this morning - all in 'Asian areas'. However, nothing will be done. Look how long it took the T&A to take down the comments on the thread yesterday about a Councillor being hit - sheer cowardice on the part of the editor. We know it goes on and it will happen tomorrow in some areas of the city. The Returning Officer will turn a blind eye as he always does. Apollo
  • Score: 6

2:44pm Wed 21 May 14

G_Firth says...

http://www.breitbart
.com/Breitbart-Londo
n/2014/05/21/Labour-
stalwart-defects-to-
ukip
http://www.breitbart .com/Breitbart-Londo n/2014/05/21/Labour- stalwart-defects-to- ukip G_Firth
  • Score: 2

5:49pm Wed 21 May 14

alive and awake says...

Why aren't the votes being counted in the traditional way? Its a disgrace and lends itself to even more fraud. I am ashamed to admit I come from Bradford.
Why aren't the votes being counted in the traditional way? Its a disgrace and lends itself to even more fraud. I am ashamed to admit I come from Bradford. alive and awake
  • Score: 1

8:49pm Wed 21 May 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

pjl20 wrote:
My greatest concern is that the Bradford Elections Unit and the Returning Officer Antony Reeves are being proactive and diligent in monitoring that the rules and practices of adhering to the voting system are being kept to.

We know that the Electoral Commission is paying very close attention to how the postal votes, in particular, are being handled in 16 cities and districts throughout the country, including Bradford.

Bradford does not have a good record for this. Two Bradford councillors having previously been found guilty and jailed for malpractice at past elections.
There is a story of those who I think you refer moving to Labour.
[quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: My greatest concern is that the Bradford Elections Unit and the Returning Officer Antony Reeves are being proactive and diligent in monitoring that the rules and practices of adhering to the voting system are being kept to. We know that the Electoral Commission is paying very close attention to how the postal votes, in particular, are being handled in 16 cities and districts throughout the country, including Bradford. Bradford does not have a good record for this. Two Bradford councillors having previously been found guilty and jailed for malpractice at past elections.[/p][/quote]There is a story of those who I think you refer moving to Labour. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 0

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