The Yeovil constituency includes the South Somerset towns of Chard, Crewkerne and Ilminster and has been Liberal-dominated since the so called ‘Ashdown factor’ convinced people that they had to vote yellow to keep the Tories out in the 1980s. With both parties in coalition from 2010-2015 and David Laws MP one of the key movers, they suddenly seemed less attractive and Laws lost his seat, the current MP being the Tory Marcus Fysh.
The great Liberal Con of South Somerset has been a key factor in keeping Labour out in recent years. Up until the 1970s, Labour were always in second place to the Tories and within striking distance of victory, notably in 1945 when the parties were neck-and-neck.
The Lib Dem collapse means that next time round Labour are the only viable alternative to stop the Tories rolling back the years.
Labour representation in Yeovil area now consists of 3 Town Councillors and 4 others in nearby Parishes
- Yeovil Town Council has Joe Conway and Terry Ledlie (Town South Ward) and Gail Freeman-Bell (Town Preston Ward)
- Sue Pitman & Josh Tuck (Yeovil Without Parish Council)
Yeovil CLP update
Terry Ledlie: is a Yeovil Town Councillor and was elected as CLP Chairman in May 2016
The Officers of the CLP are:
Terry Ledlie – Chair
Nancy Harmer -Vice Chair/ Membership
Dawn Quince – Women’s Officer
Gail Freeman-Bell – Secretary
Jane Carter-Uren -Treasurer
Officer posts are:
Steve Finch – Community Involvement and Campaign Coordinator
Callum Mooney – Youth
Sophia Dickson – Fund-raising
Martin Bailey – Trade Union Liaison
Bill Byrd – Political and Education
Mike Axe – IT
Eric Tranter – LGBT
Yeovil CLP membership has more than doubled since the 2015 General election and activists are keen to make a difference. We have regular campaign activities with campaign updates at our monthly CLP meetings.
For further details
Contact: Terry Ledlie