Tales of Tellers and Vale District Councillors for Abingdon

May 2, 2019

At Polling Stations, some party supporters were Telling (taking voter card numbers) so the party could tell which of their supporters had voted, and did not need a door knock, email, or whatever methods the parties use to remind people to vote.
Tellers
At Preston Road there was a Lib-Dem and Conservative. The Conservative has lived all his 71 years in the Caldecott area of Abingdon, having been born in Saxton Road. He is a Morris Dancer and was standing for Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council for the first time. The Lib-Dem was a former leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council.

At the St John Ambulance Station there was also a Lib-Dem and Conservative, but there was not room to sit down and talk there.
Tellers
At Trinity Church there was just Jeanette, a Lib-Dem. One duty of the teller is holding the voter’s dog. She was holding one very large  and friendly dog and she almost got pulled into the polling station.
Tellers
At Bridges Close there was a Lib-Dem and a lot of beautiful plants.
Tellers
The polling station is in the hall of the Jephson Flats where you need to ‘Beware the Elderly’. I did not see any brolly wielding elderly threatening the voters.
Tellers
Telling was difficult at the Guildhall where there were two entrances. People could easily go in through the Abbey Cinema entrance and avoid the foyer where the tellers sat.

(Update) The Lib Dems gained control of the Vale of White Horse District Council which they lost eight years ago in 2011.

In terms of Abingdon Wards:

Abingdon Peachcroft
Elected
Mike Pighills - Liberal Democrat
Max Thompson – Liberal Democrat
Not Elected
Vicky Jenkins – Conservative Party
Simon Hutton – Conservative Party
George Ryall

Abingdon Caldecott
Elected
Samantha Bowring – Liberal Democrat
Neil Fawcett – Liberal Democrat
Not Elected
Alice Badcock – Conservative Party
Mike Badcock – Conservative Party
Jon Bounds – Labour Party

Abingdon Fitzharris
Elected
Eric De La Harpe – Liberal Democrat
Robert James Maddison – Liberal Democrat
Not Elected
Monica Lovatt – Conservative Party
Christopher Palmer – Conservative Party

Abingdon Abbey Northcourt
Elected
Helen Pighills – Liberal Democrat
Cheryl Briggs – The Green Party
Not Elected
Katie Finch- Conservative Party
Dennis Garrett -Conservative Party

Abingdon Dunmore
Elected
Margaret Crick – Liberal Democrat
Andy Foulsham – Liberal Democrat
Not Elected
Sandy Lovatt- Conservative Party
David Pope – Conservative Party
Paul Burton – Labour Party

The majority for the Lib-Dems over Conservatives looks so large that it is very likely that they will have a large Lib-Dem majority in the town council when those votes are counted later today.

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15 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Pat  |  May 3, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Good luck for today’s count Alastair.
    I hope you will be the next Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames.

  • 2. Deedee  |  May 3, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Ditto Pat !

  • 3. Iain  |  May 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Here here

  • 4. Davidofluton  |  May 3, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    ‘‘Twas not to be. Backstreeter just missed out.

  • 5. Iain  |  May 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Commiserations Alastair – a real shame and so close!

  • 6. ppjs  |  May 3, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    The town’s loss.

  • 7. Claire  |  May 3, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Agree it is the town’s loss. Unlucky Alastair, a real shame.

  • 8. Deedee  |  May 3, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Who pipped him?

  • 9. Peter Del  |  May 3, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Sincere commiserations Alastair – there was only 15 votes in it.

  • 10. Patricia  |  May 3, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    You’ll have more influence here able to bring all parties to account. Keep up the good work.

  • 11. Philip  |  May 3, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Sorry to hear you weren’t elected. I voted for you. If you stand again I’d be happy to help out. Philip

  • 12. Jessica Rabbit  |  May 4, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Thank you to all who came out to vote on Thursday. I should especially like to thank all the residents who put their trust in me for another 4 years and I will continue to do my best for you.

  • 13. Su  |  May 4, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I assume ‘Jessica Rabbit’ is a pseudonym or is this a spoof account?

  • 14. Backstreeter  |  May 4, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Jessica is for real. The link does not work though.

  • 15. ChickenDinner  |  May 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Can’t wait to see full spoilage and turnout results, this one has to be one of the lowest I have ever seen turnout for… seems like the only voters that went out were a bit thick, voting in the orange across the board.

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