Local elections review: Lib Dem chairman promises hard work to continue party's revival
Following the Indie's month-long coverage of the May 2 local election campaign for town and district councils in Bishop's Stortford, we asked the parties to reflect on their performances and look to the future after a vote which saw the Conservatives' absolute control of the town council reduced from all 18 seats in 2015 to 11 this time, with 5 Lib Dems and 1 Labour member. On East Herts Council, there are 40 Conservatives, 6 Lib Dems, 2 Labour and 2 Green Party after the Tories' 2015 50-seat clean sweep was consigned to history.
Mione Goldspink, chairman of Bishop's Stortford Liberal Democrats, won a Meads ward seat on the district council, topping the poll, and just missed out in the Silverleys ward for town council.
Previously, she was a town councillor for All Saints ward from 1991 to 1998 and mayor in 1996-97. She served the same ward as a district councillor from 1991 to 2003 and then Central ward from 2003 to 2011.
She said: "We are all delighted with the results and we plan to work very hard to justify the trust which the electors have shown in us.
"We have spoken to hundreds of residents whilst we have been out canvassing and there are lots of issues for us to tackle, so there is a great deal of work to be done.
"We hope to do this work well and efficiently so that in four years' time many more Lib Dems will be elected to the town and district councils.
"The results this time are the start of a Liberal Democrat revival!"