Selection, the return of…

Labour Party members from across the Glossopdale gathered together at a hustings event at Glossop Labour Club last night to put the candidates shortlisted for the county council selection to one final test before picking a new candidate.

I am happy to be able to report that at that meeting I was selected, with more than two-thirds of the vote, as the second of two of Glossopdale Labour’s prospective candidates for the Glossop and Charlesworth county council seat in the 2013 elections, joining the wonderful Maggie Mooney. A team that will offer the right mix of youth and experience.

I am delighted to have been selected – it’s a huge honour and privilege, but now the work really starts to make sure that we win  this seat for Labour to return fairness to County Hall with a Labour Administration in May 2013.

I would just like to thank those that came and caste their vote on such a cold and wet Friday evening, those that sent messages of support in advance and afterwards, Anthony McKeown – the procedural secretary – for his organisation of it and of course Roger Wilkinson for his friendly competition.

Smiles all round: Damien after the vote with Derbyshire County Party Secretary Joe Murphy (L) and County Councillor Dave Wilcox (R)

County Boundary Review

Today has seen the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) publish its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Derbyshire County Council.

Today’s publication follows a ten week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each electoral division in Derbyshire.

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Derbyshire’s 64 county councillors should represent 58 single-member divisions and three two-member divisions.

Please find a copy of the report hereYou’ll find the bit relating to Glossop on page 18.

These new divisions will be the ones that Glossopdale Labour will be contesting in the May 2013 county council elections.

What does this mean for Glossopdale?

The headline is that will now only two divisions Glossopdale rather than the three we had previously.

These are:

  1. Etherow [1 Councillor] – includes Gamesley, Hadfield and Tintwistle.

This remains largely unchanged from the last election.

  1. Glossop & Charlesworth [2 Councillors] includes Howard Town, Simmondley, Whitfield, Dinting, Charlesworth, Chisworth, Old Glossop and Padfield.

This is where the largest change has happened. The current divisions of Glossop South and Glossop North & Rural have been in effect merged in an extremely large division which take in everything not covered in the Etherow division.
This will be a single division but represented by two councillors, marking a change from one-seat division of the past.

A Dickens of an evening

Last night saw Glossopdale Labour host a Dickens themed evening at Glossop Labour Club, in this the bicentennial year of the great British novelist Charles Dickens’ birth.

The evening included a raffle and quiz set by the knowledgeable Kath Holtom – my former secondary school Social Social teacher (and Deputy Head) – with the tour de force being the delicious homemade foods including a veggie stew, a pea and ham soup and homemade breads. The latter made by my mum’s fair hands.

The evening open to members and non-members a like – there were a few of these – was great success. So expect more of these social events in the near future.