Cllr Ellie Hudspith with St Albans parliamentary candidate Daisy Cooper
Liberal Democrat candidate Ellie Hudspith won the Clarence by-election on 20th October with nearly 60% of the vote on a 3.1% swing from the Conservatives. The resounding victory means that Ellie will become the youngest councillor on St Albans and District Council.
Cllr Ellie Hudspith, who is 24, has lived in St Albans nearly all of her life, having attended Beaumont School. She now works as Policy and Research Officer for CAMRA on Hatfield Road.
Cllr Hudspith said, ‘It’s an honour to have been elected to be councillor for Clarence ward in this by-election. It was great to meet so many local residents on the campaign trail, many of whom were impressed by our record of action in the area and fed up with being taken for granted by the local Tories.
Now elected, I will work closely with my Lib Dem colleagues Cllr Chris White and Cllr Gerard McHale to stand up for Clarence Park and bring an end to parking chaos locally. I also hope my election will inspire more young people to consider getting more involved in local politics and decision making.’
Cllr Chris White, Leader of the Lib Dem group on St Albans and District Council said, ‘‘I am delighted to welcome Ellie to the team. She has been an excellent candidate and I am sure she will be an excellent councillor.
‘The Conservatives pressed us hard in this by-election, having previously taken no interest in the ward. The Lib Dem message of “Service and action all year round, not just at elections” clearly hit home and well over 50% of those who voted backed Ellie and the Clarence Lib Dem team.’
Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for St Albans, said, ‘ I am over the moon that Ellie has been elected to be the newest councillor for Clarence ward. I am confident she will make a great councillor.
In Witney, in David Cameron’s backyard, the Liberal Democrats got their biggest swing from the Conservatives in nearly two decades. It’s clear from both these results that the Liberal Democrats will make sure that we are the voice for the 63% of local residents who voted Remain in June and the increasingly number of people who feel deceived by the Brexit campaign and those who are starting to fear for the future.".