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Labour wins local election for Splott, Tremorfa and Pengam Green

5 May 2017

The nation went Star Wars crazy on the 4th of May but for many there were more pressing matters than quoting wise Jedi Master Yoda.  After a long day of vote-casting and an even longer night of vote-counting, three Labour candidates have been elected as Councillors for Splott, Tremorfa and Pengam Green.

Well done to all of the other candidates for putting themselves forward and fighting for what they believe in – it’s no small thing to stand for Councillor, so big applause to you all.

Congratulations to Jane Henshaw, Ed Stubbs and Huw Thomas who won yesterday’s local election with impressive percentages to become our Councillors for another four years. In fact, Labour doubled the majority to be 1,200 votes clear of the opposition, with a vote share of 57%.  Splott looks to be the safest Labour seat in Cardiff.

So now that they’re in, what are they planning to do for us here in the Splott ward, which includes Tremorfa and Pengam Green?  Here’s a snapshot of their campaign manifesto:

Splott Labour pledges to:

  • Follow up the new building for Welsh language primary school Ysgol Glan Morfa by campaigning for a new building for Willows high School.
  • Introduce fixed penalty notices for fly tipping and keep those fines in the community to be spent on waste enforcement.
  • Improve transport links, which means more buses, city circles, evening buses and a cycling infrastructure.
  • Create more 20mph zones to keep our roads safe.
  • Hold regular advice surgeries so that the people of Splott, Tremorfa and Pengam can seek advice, get help and raise their issues.

The first post-election Councillor Surgery will be held at Moorland STAR Community Centre on Wednesday 10th May at 6pm, so if you have any questions, pop along (they also do a mean cup of tea in Moorland STAR!).

The elected representatives were ecstatic after the result and full of praise and thanks to their team and the members of the Splott ward:

Huw Thomas Tweeted after the results:

“Grateful and honoured to have been re-elected to serve Splott & Tremorfa. We will strive to do our best for all our constituents. Diolch.”

Ed was quick to thank the team:

“So proud of our @welshlabour team in Splott. A big increase in majority is down to you all.”

Jane posted on Facebook that she was looking forward to the challenge ahead:

“Thank you Huw and Ed. Thank you Splott team. Thank you Anny. Huge thank you to everyone in Splott and Tremorfa who voted for me. Looking forward to working for you.”

Jane also added:

“‘Huge thank you to everyone who came out to vote for us. Huge thank you to everyone who rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to the campaign. We kept Splott Labour!”

So Splott is still a Labour heartland and people will be expecting a lot from their newly elected representatives.

To quote wise Jedi Master Yoda (can’t let an opportunity for a ‘May the 4th be with you’ gag pass so easily),

“Do. Or not do. There is no try.”

Which is, I think, a great manifesto policy in itself.

Good luck to Jane, Ed and Huw for the next four years as they represent and work hard for the people of Splott, Tremorfa and Pengam Green.

To find out more about your three local Councillors, who all live in Splott, read interviews here:

Jane Henshaw

Ed Stubbs

Huw Thomas

If you would like more information about the local election results for Splott, Tremorfa and Pengam Green, click here: http://bit.ly/2p3yiI5

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