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Council chief thanks those involved at election

Created on 12/06/2017 @ 11:21
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Political apathy in Montgomeryshire appeared to have been knocked on the head at last week's General Election with a 71.4 per cent turnout that exceeded the national average.

The Leader of Powys County Council has praised the efforts of all involved in the election which saw Glyn Davies retain the Montgomeryshire constituency, taking a higher majority and which also saw Labour growing its share of the votes, although still in third place behind the Liberal Democrats who saw a reduction in their overall share.

Nationally, the younger generation came out in force according to the political parties and media, and while there are no figures to back this up in Montgomeryshire, social media in the area was alive with younger people discussing the election and candidates, hinting that the turnout was boosted by this generation.

MP Glyn Davies is today in London and will be in a meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee which is likely to take Prime Minister Theresa May to task over the election results.

Powys County Council Leader Cllr Rosemarie Harris, said: “Now that the General Election is over, it is only right to acknowledge the efforts of those who have been involved in the election over the last several weeks.
“Firstly, I would like to thank all those residents who voted in yesterday’s election.  Voter turnout in Brecon and Radnorshire was 74% and in Montgomeryshire it was 71.4%, which exceeded the national average.
“In addition, our thanks go to all the election staff for their hard work, commitment and professionalism in delivering one of the country’s most important democratic functions.
“I also would like to congratulate all the candidates who stood in the Brecon & Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire constituencies for their efforts.  All the candidates campaigned hard in their local communities, talking about the issues that most concerned our residents.
“The Cabinet and I now look forward to working with our returning MPs, Chris Davies and Glyn Davies, in the best interests of our county and to deliver real change for the people of Powys.”

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