Labour’s Laura Boyle wins Droylsden East by-election
Friday 9th March 2018 00:23 Droylsden News Tameside Posted by Tom Greggan

Labour’s Laura Boyle has been elected to Tameside Council, filling the seat vacated by the late former leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn.

Laura won the Droylsden East by-election by just under 500 votes but turnout was a disappointing 17.9%. The Conservatives, critical of the decision to hold the election in March, say it cost local taxpayers £12.50 per vote.

Laura joins Kieran’s widow, Cllr Susan Quinn, and Cllr David Mills, who was elected in October, in representing Droylsden East and she also joins her son, Oliver Ryan (Audenshaw), as a councillor.

Laura gained 61.5% of the vote, with the Conservative candidate, Matthew Stevenson, second on 30.5%. The Green Party candidate, Annie Train, won 6% of the vote, with Liberal Democrat Shaun Offerman finishing on 2%.

Candidate

Party Votes

Percentage

Laura Boyle

Labour 986

61.5%

Matthew Stevenson

Conservative 489

30.5%

Annie Train

Green Party 98

6%

Shaun Offerman

Liberal Democrats 30

2%

Speaking after her victory, Laura said: “I’m very proud and honoured to represent the community of Droylsden East and continue the work of Kieran Quinn. As a Droylsden team, myself, Susan Quinn and David Mills are all going to work together to push forward with the priorities of our town team.”

Candidates await the declaration in Droylsden East.

On International Women’s Day, Laura became the 25th female councillor in Tameside, out of 57. “Without the success of the suffragette movement and International Women’s Day, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” she said. “We need to continue towards equality.”

Labour and Conservative vote shares remained similar to the last election in Droylsden East back in October. Matthew Stevenson, who stood in both elections, was satisfied to maintain his vote share but lamented the poor turnout.

“I’m extremely pleased that we’ve manged to approximately maintain our vote score from last time and having to make Labour work extremely hard in their heartlands,” he said. “The votes are there and we’ve seen a real increase in the boxes in some areas so we are really pleased about that.

“What is a little disappointing is that the election didn’t need to be called, it could have waited until May. The turnout is very disappointing. This is the second election in practically four months and it’s only a couple of months away from the main elections. It’s cost an absolute fortune this election, in the region of approximately £20,000, which we work out as roughly £12.50 per vote of taxpayers’ money. This is an election that didn’t need to happen, could have waited a few more weeks and wouldn’t have cost a penny.”

Just 1606 residents cast a vote on Thursday, from an electorate of 8931.