Gloucester City Council has a minority Conservative administration and a third of the seats are up for election on May 6.

In terms of the general Election one ward comes under Tewkesbury, which is already a Conservative seat, the rest come under the Gloucester constituency – a Labour held seat which is our 119th target.

Of the 14 relevant wards the last time they were contested five went to the Conservatives, two were split between Conservatives and Lib Dems, four went to the Lib Dems and three to Labour. However given that at the last General Election the Lib Dems were a distant third it is still likely that Labour will be our main challenge in this seat. Our position in vote share is rather stronger than the Council seats would suggest as the Conservative held wards tend to have big majorites and we tend to be the runners up to Labour in their seats and to the Lib Dems in their ones. Good luck to our candidate Richard Graham.

Achievements of the Council under Conservative leadership include keeping down the Council Tax, cleaner streets and debt of £10 million repaid. Regeneration is taking place—including St Oswald’s Park, Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays underway and a new Kings Square ‘first phase’ completed. Britain in Bloom Gold award for Gloucester two years in succession. Recycling rates have more than trebled. A Christmas ice rink was brought to Gloucester and Tall Ships Festival launched.

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