Conservatives Gain Ramsbottom Council Seat from Labour

Newly elected, Councillor Ian Schofield with Councillors Ian Bevan and Rob Hodkinson

Newly elected, Councillor Ian Schofield with Councillors Ian Bevan and Rob Hodkinson

Local Election Results:  Ramsbottom Ward:  Bury MBC:  5 May 2016

After a long and hard fought election campaign for the vacant seat on Bury Council, Conservative Candidate, Ian Schofield, took the seat from Labour last night after an extremely close vote and three recounts.

The final result was a 37 vote majority for Ian Schofield.

Newly elected Councillor, Ian Schofield said after his election:

My first task as your local elected representative is to say a very big thank you to everyone in Ramsbottom for their support at the ballot box and their kind words since my election as one of Ramsbottom’s three local Councillors.

I also want to take the opportunity to thank my wife for her support and understanding during the campaign and my volunteers for their tireless work on my behalf – especially Cllr Rob Hodkinson and Cllr Ian Bevan.

I would also like to thank my opponents for a hard fought and generally good natured campaign – which reflected in the closeness of the result and the need for three recounts well into the early hours of Friday morning.

I was pleased that 44% of residents went to the polls, which is one of the highest in the Borough, but I am disappointed that more residents do not want to have a say in the decisions being taken on their behalf at Bury Town Hall. 

I will represent all residents of Ramsbottom, Shuttleworth, Holcombe and parts of Hawkshaw, no matter which political party they support or voted for. 

You can rest assured that being independent-minded, your three Conservative Councillors will always put Ramsbottom first.”

The declared result was as follows:

Candidate Party Votes polled
David Barker UK Independence Party 372
Karen Leach Labour 1658
Ian Schofield * Conservative 1695
Zarrin Shannon Green 141

Effective electorate: 8810.
Spoiled votes: 7
Poll: 44.0%.