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6th Jul, 2022

Labour wins two seats from Conservatives in Rugby Borough Council elections

THE CONSERVATIVES’ majority at Rugby Borough Council has shrunk after the ruling party lost two seats to Labour at the local elections.

Labour’s Alison Livesey took a seat in Coton and Boughton from Coun Jill Simpson-Vince, the Cabinet member for Growth and Investment.

And Michael Moran deposed Coun Dale Keeling in Admirals and Cawston.

It leaves the Conservatives still in control of the council with 23 councillors.

The Labour group now has 10 councillors overall, regaining its place as the opposition party which it lost last year to the Liberal Democrats, who are unchanged with nine seats.

Labour Group leader Coun Maggie O’Rourke said: “The swing to Labour has been huge, showing voters are sending a message that they have had enough of 12 years of cuts by Tories nationally, aided and abetted by their councillors in Rugby.

“We’ve broken through to win two formerly safe Tory wards. The direction of travel is clear – Labour can win anywhere in the borough.

“We set out a positive, pragmatic manifesto for change. Our messages are breaking through. People know we’re the only party that has a vision and a plan to take Rugby to where it needs to be.

“I want to thank everyone who voted Labour. As councillors and as a party we will work in the interests of the whole of Rugby.”

Newly-elected Coun Alison Livesey said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been elected by the people of Coton and Boughton. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to deliver for the people in Coton and Boughton and making a positive difference for everyone.”

Coun Michael Moran said: “I’m humbled by the result and grateful for the support that people have shown for me. People have responded to positive politics and together, we can get things done.”

Candidates contested 14 seats in this year’s elections – a third of the total.

See the full results below.

Admirals & Cawston – LAB GAIN

Richard James Brook (Green) – 132

Dale Keeling (Conservative) – 812

Isabelle Anne McKenzie (Liberal Democrats) – 204

Michael James Moran (Labour) – 1,220

Benn – LAB HOLD

Angela Josephine Dunne (Green) – 256

Richard Oliver Harrington (Labour) – 962

Rachel Elizabeth Lowe (Conservative) – 313

Bilton – CON HOLD

Laura Amy Michelle Clarke (Green) – 138

Mark William Gore (Labour) – 441

Toby James Patrick Lawrence (Conservative) – 900

Stephen Warwick Pimm (Liberal Democrats) – 688

Coton & Boughton – LAB GAIN

Edward John Blackburn (Liberal Democrats) – 159

Alison Ann Livesey (Labour) – 780

Jamie Pullin (Libertarian) – 33

Jill Beverley Simpson-Vince (Conservative) – 753

Mawgan Leo Tavares Stinchcombe (Green) – 132

Dunsmore – CON HOLD

Jonathan Carl Bennett (Liberal Democrats) – 807

Kieren Richard George Brown (Labour) – 454

Deepah Roberts (Conservative) – 1,239

Eastlands – LIB DEM HOLD

Sam Edwards (Liberal Democrats) – 958

Ben Gladwin (Labour) – 453

Becca Stevenson (Green) – 129

Heidi Maria Thomas (Conservative) – 398

Hillmorton – CON HOLD

Julie Douglas (Liberal Democrats) – 295

Ian James Picker (Conservative) – 889

Audrey Kathleen Rooney-Ellis (Labour) – 765

New Bilton – LAB HOLD

Christopher Johnson (Conservative) – 377

Maralyn Janet Pickup (Green) – 183

John Anthony Slinger (Labour) – 803

Newbold & Brownsover – LAB HOLD

Ram Srivastava (Labour) – 918

Joel Denis McNally Srodon (Conservative) – 541

Mark Andrew Summers (Green) – 207

Paddox – LIB DEM HOLD

Bob Beggs (Green) – 111

Bella Leathley (Conservative) – 445

Chris Mawby (Labour) – 381

Noreen Coral New (Liberal Democrats) – 1,198

Revel & Binley Woods – CON HOLD

Belinda Jane Garcia (Conservative) – 1,232

Jonathan Richard Vickers (Labour) – 690

Rokeby & Overslade – LIB DEM HOLD

Sarah Yvonne Elizabeth Feeney (Labour) – 325

Bill Lewis (Liberal Democrats) – 1,432

Alex Osiatynski (Conservative) – 422

Wolston & The Lawfords – CON HOLD

Philip John Burns (Labour) – 579

Lesley Karen Summers (Green) – 247

Hossain Tafazzal (Liberal Democrats) – 96

Simon Ward (Conservative) – 1,079

Wolvey & Shilton – CON HOLD

Christopher Stephen Lee (Labour) – 192

Becky Maoudis (Conservative) – 570

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