Downs North chooses Conservative…

After a short but intense campaign, the villages that comprise Downs North Ward, last week elected Charles Dehnel, Conservative, to be their Ashford Borough Councillor.

For the Ashford Independent team, and their candidate Rachael Carley, it was an extremely disappointing result ¬†that perfectly illustrated the challenges of resource and person-power faced by independents. When a by-election is called every political group runs to fight for the seat; the difference between these opportunities and a local election being that there is the luxury of being able to focus on just the one Ward, rather than needing to be present across the Borough. Independents are exactly ‘what it says on the tin’; independent – so no national party back up for us, no Member of Parliament to wheel out to impress… Just us, wearing out our own shoes, printing our own leaflets and walking the talk around the Ward.

After the May Local elections, several media articles noted the rise in independent Councillors that were elected. Some questioned whether the independent trend could change anything in local politics. The answer is a resounding YES WE CAN! Since May 3rd, with a reduced Conservative majority, Ashford Borough Council must debate more openly and fairly because residents have elected a more even spread of differing thinking into the Council. Difference drives debate – and that is good for democracy. Whilst we may not win the argument – a point well made will drive the final resulting compromise. Our focus is always on what our residents would think. We experience the issues and we hear and see how people in our Wards feel about them – speaking up in Council when the opportunity arises and working on the various decision making Committees. We are a big enough group now that we are present in them all.

So it was frustrating to be unsuccessful in the recent by-election – but we have plenty to keep us busy – until the next opportunity!

124 Replies to “Downs North chooses Conservative…”

  1. Pingback: buy naltrexone
  2. Pingback: buy careprost
  3. Pingback: tylenol otc
  4. Pingback: viagra suppliers
  5. Pingback: generic sildenafil
  6. Pingback: mens ed pills
  7. Pingback: top erection pills
  8. Pingback: cialis 10 mg
  9. Pingback: cialis mastercard
  10. Pingback: generic vardenafil
  11. Pingback: vardenafil cost
  12. Pingback: buy cialis
  13. Pingback: best online casino
  14. Pingback: female viagra
  15. Pingback: www.cialis.com
  16. Pingback: loans online
  17. Pingback: quick cash loans
  18. Pingback: loans online
  19. Pingback: viagra cost
  20. Pingback: viagra next day
  21. Pingback: best online casino
  22. Pingback: cialis 5 mg
  23. Pingback: cialis 20
  24. Pingback: cialis 20
  25. Pingback: cialis 5 mg
  26. Pingback: cialis 5 mg
  27. Pingback: online casino usa
  28. Pingback: slot machine
  29. Pingback: free slots online
  30. Pingback: real casino
  31. Pingback: online viagra
  32. Pingback: buy viagra online
  33. Pingback: cialis coupon
  34. Pingback: cialis 20mg
  35. Pingback: Viagra 130 mg otc
  36. Pingback: Viagra 150mg usa
  37. Pingback: Viagra 25 mg pills
  38. Pingback: cialis dosage
  39. Pingback: buy Cialis 80 mg
  40. Pingback: Cialis 20mg coupon
  41. Pingback: otc viagra
  42. Pingback: Cialis 10 mg pills
  43. Pingback: viagra generic
  44. Pingback: buy viagra online
  45. Pingback: order lasix 100 mg
  46. Pingback: lexapro 20 mg uk
  47. Pingback: canadian viagra
  48. Pingback: buy allegra 180 mg
  49. Pingback: buy cialis in usa
  50. Pingback: otc cialis
  51. Pingback: generic viagra
  52. Pingback: cardizem cheap

Comments are closed.