UKIP 'happy to gain support of close to 700 in Stortford'
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. UKIP's three district council candidates – all in Bishop's Stortford – were last in each of the wards they contested.
Peter Day, UKIP chairman for Hertford and Stortford and an East Herts Council candidate for a Bishop's Stortford Central ward seat, said: "Everyone knew that there would be changes demanded by the electorate at the local elections. The challenge was: What will they be?
"The UKIP vote nationally went up well and we were pleased bearing in mind that we were only able to field just over 1,400 candidates.
"Even though the focus was on the three main parties, we were happy that we were able to gain the support of close to 700 people in Stortford. Thank you to all that supported us and those that helped too."