Stroud Labour retained fifteen seats – nine women and six men, three of whom are under 40 – following Thursday’s elections to remain the second largest party on the council. They are in negotiations with the Greens and Liberal Democrats to reform the co-operative alliance that has been successfully running Stroud District Council since 2012.
Steve Lydon, Chair of Stroud Labour Party, said: “Local elections are the bedrock of our democracy, being fought both on very local issues as well as the national picture. Our results show that voters recognised that we have a great record of delivering on our commitments, that they respected our positive campaign, and bought in to our vision of sustainable local politics.
“We are especially pleased to be the only party that increased the number of our female councillors, and we are delighted that women now form the majority of our Labour team at Ebley Mill.
“Doina is a brilliant leader of the council and will help all councillors get to grips with the challenges we face.
“We are looking forward to establishing a forward looking team that delivers for everyone across the Stroud District.”
Stroud Labour also made gains in the Gloucestershire County Council elections, with Steve Robinson re-elected in Nailsworth, and John Bloxsom and Wendy Thomas being elected in Rodborough and Dursley.
The district group was sorry to lose experienced councillors Gary Powell and Tom Williams. “I’d like to thank Gary and Tom for all their hard work for us and their communities over many years. Their collective knowledge will be sorely missed.”