May 2010

LABOUR HOLDS ON IN CALDIOCT
Labour’s Jessica Morden held on to the Newport East seat, which includes Caldicot, in the General Election.

Results:
Votes
%
+/-
2005
Jessica Morden (Lab)
12,744
37.0
-8.2
24,389
Ed Townsend (Lib Dem
11,094
32.2
+8.5
7,551
Dawn Parry (Con)
7,918
23.0
-0.5
7,459
Keith Jones (BNP)
1,168
3.4
+3.4
 
Fiona Cross (PC)
724
2.1
-1.7
1,221
David Rowlands (UKIP)
677
2.0
-1.0
945
Liz Screen (Soc Lab)
123
0.4
-.05
260
Majority
1,650
4.8
   
Turnout
34,448
63.6
+5.7
 

PLAID LOSE TOWN COUNCIL SEAT
Labour’s Alun Lloyd won the
Severn ward by-election, defeating Plaid Cymru’s David Gale by just eight votes. The by-election was called following the disqualification of Plaid councillor Joanne Daniels after she failed to attend a council meeting for six months. Ms Daniels blamed work commitments for her failure to attend.

HOPE FOR HOME
There was fresh hope that the respite care home at Budden Crescent would be saved from closure when Monmouthshire County Council’s Adults Select Committee rejected the closure proposal. After hearing pleas from parents of the adults with learning disabilities who use the home, the committee recommended to MCC’s cabinet, which was due to meet in June, that the home be kept open as a two-bed respite centre.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of May 2010 was a three bedroom semi-detached house in Goldfinch Close at £163,950. The most expensive was The Lodge, a detached mock Tudor property on the edge of Caldicot Castle Country Park at £289,950.

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