I want to remind you that today is polling day and I am the Butt Lane and Clough Hall candidate. I need you to spare some time out of your day to go out and vote for me. Over the last 4 years I have stood up for the people of Butt Lane, Talke, Clough Hall and Kidsgrove. I have fought on the issues that matter most to local people. I have cared about my community and worked hard for you. I want to carry on serving you and I want to continue to make a difference. Please get your family and friends out, speak to your neighbours and spread the word. Every single vote will count as this election could be a close call. Polls are open 7am-10pm all day and you dont need your polling card to vote. If you need a lift to the polling station, call 07837905443. Thank you for everything and all of your support.
My name is Kyle Robinson and I have had the honour of serving as the Butt Lane and Clough Hall Councillor for the last 4 years. I am standing for re-election and I am asking for your support on May 22nd.
I have lived in Kidsgrove and Butt Lane all of my life and I am proud to call this town my home. During some of my school years I attended Clough Hall Technology School and I now also work at the school as a finance assistant.
Since becoming a Councillor I have been able to fight for residents young and old in the community. Some of my biggest achievements include the demolition of the old Woodshutts pub to create affordable housing, the protection of green spaces from greedy developers and successfully obtaining government funding with Joan Walley MP for a disabled friendly bridge at Kidsgrove Railway Station due to be installed between 2016-19.
More recently, I challenged Tory controlled Staffordshire County Council on their proposals to shut down youth clubs and make youth workers redundant. I have led the fight in our area to obtain £50,000 to save our local youth service as this will ensure our young people have somewhere to feel safe in the evenings and not on our streets. I like to remind Councillors and decision makers that young people are our future.
For the last four years I have chaired the Butt Lane Locality Action Partnership. The group works with the local police, health services and other partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in Butt Lane, Clough Hall and Kidsgrove. We continue to work with Staffordshire Police to improve the Police presence in our area.
For the last 3 years I have served as Kidsgrove Mayor and Deputy. This has included the day to day running of Kidsgrove Town Council, delivering a council tax freeze for a fifth year in a row. I have also helped to raise over £15,000 for charities including the Motor Neurone Disease Association, The Alzheimer’s Society, Staffordshire SANDS, Douglas Macmillan Hospice and many other localised charities.
I have always had a strong belief that we should always give something back in life and I want to carry on representing you in the most dedicated fashion. I am not seeking a second term to do small things.
As the local candidate, I know some of the main issues affecting the area include dog fouling, litter, speeding traffic, parking and the cost of living. As your Labour Councillor, I will continue to fight Government cuts whilst solving these issues for all of us.
You can help by voting Robinson on Thursday 22nd May. Please use your vote for Labour.
Butt Lane and Clough Hall’s Labour candidate
The election results for the County Council divisions of Kidsgrove and Talke & Red Street reveal how local people have turned their back on UKIP and the Liberal Democrats. Against all the odds Labours Margaret Astle beat incumbent UKIP Councillor Geoff Locke into 2nd place. This has sent a shockwave through local UKIP who were ‘quietly confident’ of a win in the Kidsgrove division. The protest vote wasn’t strong enough to stop the Labour team following years of local community work and activism. There is no denial that the vote was close and there was a clear protest vote against the Coalition Government.
The Talke and Red Street results were just as spectacular with Labours John Taylor picking up almost 50% of the vote. The message has been clear on the doorstep. Residents are happy with our ward work and want us to continue the fight against deep and damaging cuts to local services. People want their council tax spent wisely on the roads, schools and health services. Now that Labour has formed a strong opposition the Tories have lots to worry about at County Hall.
I would like to touch on the non-existent campaign the Liberal Democrats ran in Kidsgrove. The Kidsgrove candidate was quite clearly a paper candidate as she was shopping on Election Day rather than speaking to people on the doorstep. This reflected in the result as the candidate only picked up 4% of the vote.
But I turn my attention to the Leader of the Kidsgrove Liberal Democrats, Dennis Richards. Mr Richards put out a leaflet in Butt Lane that attempted to vilify local people and also politicise a Community Centre. He desperately tried to make political gain out of a venue used by people from all walks of life in the community. He even managed to get its committee members to nominate him to stand as a local Councillor yet months before claimed ‘politics have no place here’! Mr Richards will reap what he sows and will regret his spiteful attack on hard working local people who care about the community. He claimed his intervention meant the community facility was thriving but his vote wasn’t thriving when he only managed to scrape fourth in the election behind the Conservatives and picked up just 6% of the vote. If he spent more time dedicating himself to the community and less time claiming credit for other peoples work he may have actually had a better chance of winning an election. Gutter politics have hopefully left Kidsgrove for the time being but I won’t hold my breath.
Newcastle – Kidsgrove – results
Margaret Astle – Labour – 1183 – 44% – Elected
Geoffrey Locke – UK Independence Party – 1097 – 41%
Pam Jellyman – Conservative – 304 – 11%
Lynda Irene Griffiths – Liberal Democrats – 118 – 4%
Newcastle – Talke and Red Street – results
John William Taylor – Labour – 1368 – 48% Elected
Alexander Jozef Wright – UK Independence Party – 928 – 33%
James Vernon – Conservative – 333 – 12%
Dennis John Richards – Liberal Democrats – 181 – 6%
Rebecca Anne Carter – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts – 35 – 1%