24 November 2017
Herefordshire Green Party celebrated their second by-election win of the year last night, as Dr Ellie Chowns upset the odds to win in Bishop's Frome & Cradley.
Ellie won by a comfortable margin over the Conservative candidate, gaining 471 votes to 299 for the Tories.
The by-election was caused by the resignation of ward councillor Patricia Morgan, Conservative deputy leader of Herefordshire Council.
Speaking at the close of the count in Hereford Town Hall last night Dr Chowns said: “I am really uplifted by the support given to me by the residents of Bishop’s Frome and Cradley - I pledge to do my very best for them on Herefordshire Council.
"The Greens have been on a winning streak in the county and I am pleased to be a part of it. The public like what they see. Green councillors have earned a good reputation for working in a civil and co-operative manner across party lines but they do not shrink from holding the Council to account."
Ellie first contested Bishop's Frome & Cradley in 2015 as the sole challenger to the Conservatives. Her by-election triumph means she will now take her place on Herefordshire Council as our 4th Green Party councillor.
It was the second county by-election win this year for the Greens - Trish Marsh won Leominster South in March with a big majority following the death of an independent councillor. Another Leominster Green councillor, Jenny Bartlett, first won her place on the council in a 2014 by-election when she took a seat from the Conservatives beating UKIP and other candidates.
The Greens gained a bonus when the 'It’s Our County' party publicly came out in support of Ellie Chowns and joined her campaign. "I would like to thank IOC for backing me – like-minded campaigners should work together whenever they can", she said.
Ellie Chowns, Green Party 471
Lib Dem 251