Owl has had a little nap and now reflects on the day.
Momentous, transformative, unprecedented – just a few words being bandied about this evening. And just a bit scary too.
It is going to be a real step-change – not just for independents, Greens and Lib Dems, but for senior and junior officers at EDDC too.
For many years senior officers and Cabinet have been in cosy (some might say too cosy) relationships with just a few favoured councillors – all-seeing the world pretty much the same way. Cabinet closed off to backbench councillors, senior officers closed off to junior officers and ‘other ranks’.
Well, that world has changed.
Will the ‘Sir Humphreys’ be able to change, or will they resist change and attempt to grind down the ‘Jim Hackers’?
Officers are supposed to be neutral – giving advice where wanted and needed, but allowing the ship to be steered by the captain of the day to destinations of their choice.
Owl hopes that officers and now new ruling-group councillors can work together to make EDDC the council people have voted for it to be – independent, transparent, accountable to the voters who expect nothing less.
Good luck councillors and officers – you will need it.
Sidmouth Sidford (three seats)
Stuart Hughes (Conservative) – 1,089 ELECTED
Dawn Manley (East Devon Alliance) – 1,303 ELECTED
Zachary Marsh (Conservative) – 721
Colin Mills (Labour) – 381
Marrianne Rixson (East Devon Alliance) – 1,326 ELECTED
Jenny Ware (Conservative) – 757
Ken Warren (UKIP) – 369
West Hill and Aylesbeare (one seat)
Jess Bailey (Independent) – 956 ELECTED
John Sheaves (Conservative) – 285
Newton Poppleford & Harpford – 1 seat
David Graham Atkins, Conservative 114
Val Ranger, Independent East Devon Alliance 710 ELECTED
Budleigh and Raleigh (three seats)
Alan Dent (Conservative) – 1,112 ELECTED
Pete Duke (Green Party) – 971
Brigitte Graham (UKIP) – 518
Patsy Hayman (Conservative) – 982
Paul Jarvis (Independent) – 1,187 ELECTED
Penny Lewis (Liberal Democrats) – 907
Thomas Wright (Conservative) – 999 ELECTED
Rebecca-Jayne Lipscombe (Liberal Democrats) – 397
Rob Longhurst (Conservative) – 345
Chris Pepper (Conservative) – 506 ELECTED
Eleanor Rylance (Liberal Democrats) – 555 ELECTED
Sarah Louise Chamberlain (Liberal Democrats) – 612 ELECTED
Paul Diviani (Conservative) – 319
Henry Frederick Gent (Green) – 426
Fabian King (Liberal Democrats) – 378 ELECTED
Kevin Wraight (Conservative) – 289
Mark Lloyd Evans-Martin (Conservative) – 234
Kathy McLauchlan (Independent) – 702 ELECTED
Sidmouth Town (two seats)
Denise Bickley (East Devon Alliance) – 922 ELECTED
Nicholas Diprose (Labour) – 127
Cathy Gardner (East Devon Alliance) – 971 ELECTED
Sheila Kerridge (Conservative) – 549
Timothy Venner (Conservative) – 409
NOT a marriage made in heaven!
Vicky Johns (Independent) – 1501 ELECTED
Margaret Anne Piper (Conservative) – 245
Geoff Pratt (Independent) – 1044 ELECTED
Harv Sethi (Independent) – 422
Paul Richard Carter (Conservative) – 477
Anne Edwards (Conservative) – 428
Peter Hamilton Faithfull (Independent) – 878 ELECTED
Luke Gray (Labour) – 381
Early on, Devonlive was quickest with results but presentation is clunky, Archant came second – too many photographs to scroll through before reaching results, EDDC third – their official result often trailing the other two.
Not to mention EDDC publishing the wrong result in Seaton (but Owl just did!).
However, Archant cleaned up their page a bit (though called JOHN Loudon David at one point); Devonlive needs far too many clicks to get to badly presented results, EDDC … well, it’s EDDC isn’t it! Where else would a district council count still be going on at 5 pm in two locations…
Well done, Archant – not something Owl says a lot …
Sidmouth Rural (one seat)
David Barratt (Independent) – 258
Ray Davison (Labour) – 27
John Loudoun (East Devon Alliance) – 375 ELECTED
Lewis Ragbourn (Liberal Democrats) – 42
Chris Wale (Conservative) – 18
Susie Bond (Independent) – 638 ELECTED
Adam Michael Powell (Labour) – 37
John Tristam (Conservative) – 97
Ah, one person’s results left off and all votes then transposed. Wishful thinking Tories?
followed by this:
“I’ve left the Labour Party after nearly 45 years of service at Branch, Constituency and NEC levels,partly because of it’s continued duplicity on Brexit, partly because of it’s antisemitism, but also because its leadership is complete shit.”
And ONE vote between elected Conservative and unelected Conservative!
Exmouth Brixington (three seats)
Aurora Bailey (Liberal Democrats) – 627
Fred Caygill (Conservative) – 633 ELECTED
Maddy Chapman (Conservative) – 662 ELECTED
Andrew Colman (Liberal Democrats) – 652 ELECTED
Dilys Hadley (Labour) – 381
Cherry Nicholas (Conservative) – 632
Oh so close – shame on voters of all parties who didn’t show up.
Very low turnout compared to other areas. Yet to find out if Independent or “Independent” …
Woodbury and Lympstone (two seats)
William Carter (Conservative) – 383
Ben Ingham (Independent) – 1,453 ELECTED
Geoff Jung (Independent) – 1,396 ELECTED
Cheryl McGauley (Conservative) – 432
40 years a Tory councillor – Jill Elson comes a trailing 4th out of 8 and is not elected!
What a comment on Tories in Exmouth!
Exmouth Halsdon (three seats)
Megan Armstrong (Independent) – 1,293 ELECTED
Jill Marion Elson (Conservative) – 475
Tony Hill (Conservative) – 380
Paul Millar (Independent) – 1,140 ELECTED
Pauline Stott (Conservative) – 447
Andrew Toye (Liberal Democrats) – 289
Brian Toye (Liberal Democrats) – 260
Tony Woodward (Green Party) – 647 ELECTED