Tories hold on to Bingley seat

John Pennington, who won the Bingley by-election

The votes being counted at last night’s election in Bingley

First published in Local by

Conservative candidate John Pennington triumphed in the Bingley by-election last night winning the Tory stronghold by a substantial majority.

The businessman realised his political ambitions after a stalled attempt in May, when he came second by 250 votes in Eccleshill.

The newly-elected councillor takes the Conservative group’s tally on Bradford Council to 37, helping to make them the largest party behind Labour’s 35 seats.

He took the seat, left vacant by the resignation of Dr Colin Gill, with a majority of 1,260. Second was first-time Labour candidate Andrew Mawson. Third was Jean Taylor who stood for the Liberal Democrats in Bingley earlier this year.

Coun Pennington said: “I am very happy. It was an excellent turnout in view of the weather. To have seen a large majority is refreshing and we can maintain the good work of the Conservatives in Bingley.

“We should also thank the people of Bingley who voted and who prove that even in bad weather democracy is a good thing and can work.”

The by-election was called after Dr Gill resigned as the Council’s executive member for services to children and young people and as ward councillor in September, after having been re-elected himself in May enjoying one of the largest majorities of all councillors more than 2,500 votes.

Coun Pennington will now serve the remainder of the three year period, until May 2012.

Meanwhile, City Ward councillor Munir Ahmed has resigned from the Labour Party to join the Conservatives because he had become “increasingly disillusioned with the policy direction of the Labour Party”.

He will now sit as a member of the Conservative group on Bradford Council, and in doing so makes the Tories the largest group in City Hall.

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7:15pm Fri 5 Dec 08

Dr Evil says...

just the kind of blood our council desperately needed. Let's hope he doesn't get dragged down to their level.
just the kind of blood our council desperately needed. Let's hope he doesn't get dragged down to their level. Dr Evil
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10:45pm Fri 5 Dec 08

The Odeon Crusader says...

I know John Pennington and I am honoured to call him my friend.

His main priority has always been following the interests of Bradford and its people. In the case of the Odeon he was one of the original dissenting voices that said "pull it down".

However, he quickly realised that his view was not the view of the general Bradford public, and so he joined Norman Littlewood... The rest is BORG history.

John Pennington (as a member of BORG) has not allowed his political aspirations to detract from his quest to save the Odeon for the Bradford public, and has even allowed the group to take much-deserved swipes at his party's leader, Kris Hopkins for his part in the unpopular decisions made by BCR.

I once heard someone call John Pennington "Mr Bradford", and it is true. We need more like him in City Hall!!!

I know John Pennington and I am honoured to call him my friend. His main priority has always been following the interests of Bradford and its people. In the case of the Odeon he was one of the original dissenting voices that said "pull it down". However, he quickly realised that his view was not the view of the general Bradford public, and so he joined Norman Littlewood... The rest is BORG history. John Pennington (as a member of BORG) has not allowed his political aspirations to detract from his quest to save the Odeon for the Bradford public, and has even allowed the group to take much-deserved swipes at his party's leader, Kris Hopkins for his part in the unpopular decisions made by BCR. I once heard someone call John Pennington "Mr Bradford", and it is true. We need more like him in City Hall!!! The Odeon Crusader
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11:36pm Fri 5 Dec 08

webess says...


Good stuff, would have even better if he'd won in Eccleshill last year..
Good stuff, would have even better if he'd won in Eccleshill last year.. webess
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8:57am Wed 10 Dec 08

hector0007 says...

Who gives a monkeys about what tried he to do for Bradford. Let’s hope he has some interest in Bingley to make things actually happen. Can you actually list what the Tories have done for Bingley in the past?
Who gives a monkeys about what tried he to do for Bradford. Let’s hope he has some interest in Bingley to make things actually happen. Can you actually list what the Tories have done for Bingley in the past? hector0007
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