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26th Jun, 2022

ELECTION 2022: Women now make up a third of Worcester's councillors

Rob George 6th May, 2022 Updated: 6th May, 2022

A HOST of new faces will take their place at the Guildhall as all three main parties welcomed new councillors.

Tom Piotrowski and Dr Steve Cockeram will join the Green Party benches after recording victories in Battenhall and St Peter’s Parish respectively.

Dr Cockeram’s success in St Peter’s deposed the Conservatives for the first time in a number of years and saw the party establish a real voting bloc in the south east of the city.

It’s a surge of support which saw Coun Piotrowski record a staggering 948 vote majority, up from the 99 vote victory won by former Green Party councillor Louise Griffiths when she won the seat in 2018.

Coun Shafaz Ditta retained the Bedwardine seat for the Conservatives after an ill-tempered campaign beset by allegations, resignations and ultimately recriminations.

Labour’s Coun Basharat Ali won the Nunnery seat lost by the party in 2021 but given up when former Conservative councillor James Carver resigned earlier this year.

He will be joined by Coun Zoe Cookson and Coun Jill Desayrah who won their Labour seats in Rainbow Hill and Warndon. Coun Cookson succeeds former councillor Tom Collins while Coun Desaryah takes over from former Mayor of Worcester Jo Hodges.

The results mean a third of the 35 councillors at the Guildhall are female as 12 women will take the place inside the council chamber from May 17 while seven are from black or Asian backgrounds.

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