election results -YAY!

I posted this to Facebook when I got in around 0315h this morning:
Worcester – won all four target seats, retained one seat, giving a total of 10 councillors. Tories lost every seat they contested – we’re now the second largest party (New political balance for Worcester: Labour 13, Green 10, Conservative 8, Lib Dem 4.) Go Greens! Vote share:

Worcester News has a reasonably sensible breakdown at https://web.archive.org/web/20230505093148/https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/23502182.labour-become-biggest-party-worcester-tories-lose-big/

(added later) And there’s an excellent piece in the Worcester Observer, which I’ve also submitted to be archived on https://web.archive.org/web/20230505121649/https://worcesterobserver.co.uk/news/elections-2023-three-key-points-from-a-dramatic-night-of-worcester-politics/

I found it a deeply emotional evening. Andrew, Tor, Hannah and Marjory were all visibly overcome when giving their acceptance speeches, Elena barely less so. It’s a much better result than I’d really believed we’d get (I thought the chances of Tor kicking out Chris Mitchell, the Tory leader, were slim). It’s fantastic to have more women on the Council, and especially Tor as a Young Green.

I’d decided not to cycle down (a mix of too tired and lack of secure cycle storage), so caught a cab down. Phil Gillfillan offered me a lift back, which was most welcome.