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Cllr Tudor Evans has written to Labour Party members in Plymouth providing them with an update after the news that the Conservatives have invited UKIP to join them in a coalition to force Labour from power in Plymouth. The Conservatives won less seats than Labour in the recent elections and polled lower than Labour. Read Cllr Tudor Evan's email below:

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Dear Friend,
I have just left a meeting of the Labour Group of Councillors where we discussed what happens next after the Tory and UKIP power grab. I wanted to let you know the situation regarding the control of Plymouth City Council.
At the elections last week people in Plymouth put their faith in Labour. We won the majority of seats and polled more than the Tories. But this week I'm sorry to say that the Tories and UKIP have done a grubby backroom deal to seize power.
The Tories and UKIP together have more councillors than Labour does and so it with much regret that I must tell you that it looks like they will take control of the Council on Friday at the Council's AGM. It hurts as they will seek to undo much of the good work done by Labour since 2012 and they will vote through ideological cuts that will hurt our city.
I am incredibly proud to have led the Labour-run Plymouth City Council since 2012. We have transformed the lives of thousands in our city. We have built new homes and created new jobs. We have opened up the Council by introducing webcasting of council meetings, created Plymouth Energy Community and illuminated our city landmarks. We have addressed and resolved long-running sores on our city. We have taken action to resurface hundreds of roads and repair pavements. We have launched plans for a cruise liner terminal, a new train station at North Hill and took action to demolish the derelict Quality Inn on the Hoe. We have worked with communities across the city, repairing communities, creating jobs and apprenticeships, cutting unemployment and giving hope and a future to thousands of people in Plymouth.
I want to thank all the councillors past and present who served our city so well. I want to pay tribute to the volunteers and organisers who have done so much campaigning to deliver victory after victory. It is a small consolation that the electorate of Plymouth did not vote us out, rather we have been ousted by a grubby deal from a Tory party desperate for power and UKIP. Blukip as this coalition will be known will hurt our city and put the hard-won progress we have made together at risk.
I want to assure you that Labour is not done. We will regroup, refocus and win the city back. We have a record to be proud of and members and supporters that represent the very best of our city.
After such a shock it seems odd to be turning our attention to another election, but we must. The EU Referendum must be won and we will do our bit to deliver that victory. On Friday night the campaign launches in Plymouth with a special campaign meeting at 7pm at Plymouth Labour HQ. I know you'll fight just as hard for Britain staying in the EU as you did to win Labour councillors two weeks ago. We have a formidable team. So formidable that the Tories had to find a way other than the ballot box to force Labour from office. The deal with UKIP dooms both parties and we will spend the next two years holding them to account.
On behalf of the Labour cabinet, the Labour Group and the Labour Party in Plymouth can I thank you for your support, your effort and your dedication. Plymouth is a city on the up with Labour and we will fight each and every day to prevent the Tories and UKIP reversing the progress we have delivered.
I could not be more proud of our council and our party. The Blukip coalition did not deserve to win but we hand over a council in a better state than we were left in 2012 and for that I am enormously proud.
Thank you,
Tudor
p.s. Please put Thursday 3 May 2018 in your diary. That's the day Labour will win back Plymouth with your help. That's only 715 days away. Let's get busy, there's a lot of work to be done.

Update on Blukip coalition from Cllr Tudor Evans

  Cllr Tudor Evans has written to Labour Party members in Plymouth providing them with an update after the news that the Conservatives have invited UKIP to join them in...

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Labour candidates recorded victories across the city in Thursday's City Council elections. Winning 11 seats the party saw off challenges from the Tories in marginal wards in Stoke, Budshead, Moor View and Southway. The Tories had spent a fortune trying to win these seats but they didn't. Plymouth is a city on the up with Labour. Thank you to all the people who backed our candidates across the city.

On behalf of the entire Labour Party, thank you for all your support in City Council elections. Labour held 11 of 12 target seats despite the Tories spending a small fortune to defeat us. Plymouth is a city on the up with Labour and voters backed us to re-elect Labour Councillors across the city - Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council

Plymouth's local election results in full

Labour won 11 seats in Thursday's elections beating off Tory challenges in key wards across the city. You can read more about the results on the Herald's website here.

Budshead - turnout 36.64 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Charlotte Bladen The Conservative Party Candidate 1,283  
Gordon Charles Miller UK Independence Party (UKIP) 585  
Roger James Mitchell Liberal Democrat 75  
Joshua George Pope The Green Party 99  
Jon Taylor Labour and Co-operative Party 1,373 Yes
Andrew White Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 29  

Compton - turnout 35.89 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Richard Stephen Ball The Conservative Party Candidate 1,536 Yes
Nigel Buckley Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 65  
Steven Guy Liberal Democrat 217  
John Christopher Petrie Labour Party Candidate 894  
Grace Stickland Plymouth Independents 161  
Colin James Trier The Green Party 261  

Devonport - turnout 28.59 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Fleur Olivia Stoner Ball Liberal Democrat 92  
Sandy Borthwick The Conservative Party Candidate 630  
Michael Ellison UK Independence Party (UKIP) 615  
Simon Gomery Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 37  
Andrew Robert Pratt The Green Party 101  
Kate Taylor Labour Party Candidate 1,315 Yes
Scott Aiden Wardle Plymouth Independents 55  

Efford and Lipson turnout 30.52 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
George Davis The Conservative Party Candidate 561  
Rafiqul Mazed Haque Liberal Democrat 109  
Hannah Marie Lewis Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 130  
Terry Luscombe Plymouth Independents 336  
Brian Vincent Labour and Co-operative Party 1,757 Yes

Eggbuckland - turnout 37.19 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Heath Cook The Conservative Party Candidate 1,523 Yes
Hugh Scott Davies UK Independence Party (UKIP) 833  
Sam Down The Green Party 84  
Lesley Duncan Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 22  
Paul Charles McNamara Labour and Co-operative Party 1,023  
Richard John Simpson Liberal Democrat 123  
Chris Treise Plymouth Independents 107  

Ham - turnout 30.44 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Ryan John Aldred Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 63  
Stuart Bernard Charles UK Independence Party (UKIP) 687  
Matthew Radmore Liberal Democrat 127  
Dean Seddon The Conservative Party Candidate 592  
Jason William Shopland Plymouth Independents 87  
Tina Tuohy Labour and Co-operative Party 1,271 Yes

Honicknowle - turnout 30.21 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Nikki Bale UK Independence Party (UKIP) 966  
Carl Evans Plymouth Independents 56  
Joshua Gray Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 28  
Dylan Harry Morris Liberal Democrat 88  
Pete Smith Labour Party Candidate 1,261 Yes
Sally Walker The Conservative Party Candidate 582  

Moor View - turnout 34.74 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Richard Bray Liberal Democrat 126  
Keith Low Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 27  
Chris Mavin Labour Party Candidate 1,220 Yes
Philip Partridge UK Independence Party (UKIP) 654  
Bethan Roberts The Conservative Party Candidate 1,134  
Arthur Nicoll Watson Plymouth Independents 111  

Peverell - turnout 37.39 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Peter Geoffrey Brooksbank Plymouth Independents 253  
Tony Carson The Conservative Party Candidate 1,582 Yes
Jeremy Goslin Labour Party Candidate 1,314  
Wendy Margaret Miller The Green Party 223  
Justin Pollard Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 42  
Charlotte Jane Radmore Liberal Democrat 337  

Plympton Chaddlewood- turnout 26.15 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Jonathan Brian Frost UK Independence Party (UKIP) 376  
Samantha Jane Leaves The Conservative Party Candidate 786 Yes
Connor Smart Labour Party Candidate 373  
Teresa Stuart Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 33  

Plympton Erle - turnout 34.05 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Louise Caroline Alldridge Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 103  
Ian Patrick Darcy The Conservative Party Candidate 1,105 Yes
Peter Endean Plymouth Independents 205  
Christianne Louise Pollock Liberal Democrat 130  
Janet Denise Wise Labour and Co-operative Party 731  

Plympton St Mary - turnout 34.22 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Andrea Victoria Loveridge The Conservative Party Candidate 2,318 Yes
Tom Nally Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 209  
Roger David Williams Labour Party Candidate 883  

Plymstock Dunstone - turnout 37.18 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Roxy Castell Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 63  
Sima Katie Davarian-Dehsorkhe Liberal Democrat 253  
Dena Rafati Labour and Co-operative Party 585  
David Salmon UK Independence Party (UKIP) 1,037  
Kevin Charles Wigens The Conservative Party Candidate 1,594 Yes

Plymstock Radford - turnout 35.54 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Vince Thomas Barry Labour and Co-operative Party 664  
Connor Clarke The Green Party 154  
Jeffrey Hall Liberal Democrat 158  
Michael John Edward Leaves The Conservative Party Candidate 1,441 Yes
Thomas Michael Sloman Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 22  
John Edwin Wheeler UK Independence Party (UKIP) 1,077  

Southway - turnout 34.38 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Nik Brookson Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 30  
Storm Norman Liberal Democrat 56  
Lorraine Parker Labour Party Candidate 1,223 Yes
Daniel Michael Sheaff The Green Party 76  
Rebecca Jane Smith The Conservative Party Candidate 1,135  
Natasha Anne Squires Plymouth Independents 224  
Bill Wakeham UK Independence Party (UKIP) 645  

St Budeaux - turnout 24.47 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Stan Beal The Green Party 81  
Dan Bothwick The Conservative Party Candidate 598  
Adam Lloyd Duffield Plymouth Independents 115  
Stephen David Luscombe Liberal Democrat 102  
Aaron Bradley Smith Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 28  
Margaret Louise Storer UK Independence Party (UKIP) 659  
Darren Mark Winter Labour Party Candidate 1,186 Yes

St Peter and The Waterfront - turnout 30.36 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Bob Brice Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 66  
Jessica Rose Horner The Green Party 209  
Hugh Janes Liberal Democrat 174  
John Stanley Smith UK Independence Party (UKIP) 503  
Karen Elizabeth Thurston The Conservative Party Candidate 844  
Ian Glenn Tuffin Labour and Co-operative Party 1,263 Yes

Stoke - turnout 36.04 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Sam Davey Labour Party Candidate 1,645 Yes
Ramon Philip Fereday UK Independence Party (UKIP) 506  
Andrew Ford The Conservative Party Candidate 964  
Helen Catherine Guy Liberal Democrat 209  

Sutton and Mount Gould - turnout 31.58 per cent

Candidates Party Votes Elected
Andy Kerswell Plymouth Independents 80  
Louise Parker Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 36  
Eddie Rennie Labour Party Candidate 1,413 Yes
Edmund Harold Shillabeer The Conservative Party Candidate 589  
Daniel Van Cleak The Green Party 166  
Jonquil Patricia Webber UK Independence Party (UKIP) 434  
Peter York Liberal Democrat 177  


Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Plymouth-City-Council-elections-2016-results/story-29237893-detail/story.html#ixzz47yegOKbz 

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In Plymouth, Councillor Tudor Evans, the Leader of Plymouth City Council, has joined junior doctors on the picket lines. In the council chamber Labour councillors have spoken up for junior doctors and back them.

Labour believes that the NHS is at risk with the Tories in power. Their attempts to cut and privatise our health service is putting lives at risk. Junior doctors do an amazing job, work long hours and make a huge contribution to keeping people in Plymouth safe and well.

All three of Plymouth's Tory MPs support the Government and are siding against Plymouth's junior doctors. 

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