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Inside Politics: Good friends again after election fight

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

By Michael Wilkinson, Public Affairs correspondent

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Good friends Jennie Dallimore and Garry Mills have patted each other on the back after an election bun fight.

Labour man Garry tried to take Jennie’s Podsmead seat from her. She was, in theory, an easy target after only winning by 26 votes last time round.

The Tory deputy leader of the city council spent all night at last week’s count fretting. No wonder she was often found in the bar area.

But her worries subsided when she triumphed over her pal.

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A magnanimous Garry says: “ I did my best, unfortunately it was not good enough. My thanks to Jennie for the manner in which she contested this election.

“This was a true test of our democratic process. It was a good contest.”

A triumphant Jennie tweets back to her friend to say: “Thank you Garry. We ran a good contest and you did very well. Looking forward to future working years together for Podsmead.”

Aww, that’s sweet. Everyone loves good neighbours.

2015 line-up

Election 2014 was barely over when attentions already began turning to the 2015 campaign.

Kingsway mum-of-one Sarah Churchill is being lined up by city MP Richard Graham as a Tory candidate for the Quedgeley Severn Vale ward. “He has asked me whether I will stand,” she tells me. “I’d like to give it a go.”

The 30-year-old is in with a good chance of getting elected too, what with the Lib Dem vote slumping to 15 per cent this year and their current councillor Anna Mozol tipped to be standing down.

All fizz and no action

‘Boring’ sums up this year’s city council election fight. All that pre-result tension fizzled away without so much as a bang. The status quo remains the same.

Mind you, there were a few marginal seats being contended. “It was a bit close in some wards,” Tory councillor Saj Patel tells me. “It was a bit of a wake up call.”

It wouldn’t have been too difficult to fall asleep on count night either. It took until 2.30am before the first vote was counted and my avid Twitter followers slowly withered away as they headed off to bed.

Even Pete Gillett, the soon-to-be departing returning officer at the city council, admits to my spies that it was a ‘frustratingly slow’ night.

E-mail for a PC world

Grooming fears have led to Quedgeley parish councillors being given their own e-mail accounts.

In our whiter-than-white PC-mad world, the fearful councillors feel they are treading on egg shells as they e-mail youngsters who have joined their new youth parish council. They worry some people might look on the practice in a funny manner.

Now they can rest easy that all their communications will go through a ‘more professional’ official Quedgeley Parish Council e-mail address.

Agree or disagree with me? Tweet me @ThatMichaelW or write your comment below. E-mail your gossip to mike.wilkinson@glosmedia.co.uk

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  • sam291  |  May 31 2014, 9:07PM

    Being a Quedgeley Resident I was rather surprised to read that Cllr Mozol was tipped to step down, is this a rumour that the tories are spreading because they have a new torie candidate standing, and is scared that Cllr. Mozol will win her seat again. She is a LOCAL who we see around Quedgeley, unlike the CONSERVATIVES who only come out of hibernation when they need votes, you will have a big fight on your hands, she cares for Quedgeley NOT politics, unlike the Conservatives who only care about votes. I have spoken to Cllr. Mozol she was shocked when I asked if she was standing down, and new nothing of the article, she said she WILL be standing, and feel it is sad the this is the only way that the conservatives thinks they will get votes, I for one will be voting for Cllr. Mozol in 2015 together with many other residents, all I say you will have a big fight of your hands with Cllr. Mozol

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  • mikehibby  |  May 29 2014, 10:30AM

    This reads like a child's account of local politics. Full of trope and cliches, you really do need to find a writer with some ability to take over from this kid.

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  • Lily12  |  May 28 2014, 5:15PM

    It seems a shame that Jennie Dallimore and Garry Mills are able to contest an election in such a positive manner, yet you feel the need to use sarcasm and scurrilous innuendo in your political commenting. A disappointingly negative article and really, you should know better.

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