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.
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.
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.
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