The leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors has described the narrow defeat of Sam Scott in Patchway in Thursday’s local election as “a loss to the whole Council”.
Speaking after the results were announced, Councillor Pat Rooney (Woodstock ward) said:
“Although Labour emerged relatively unscathed on South Gloucestershire Council on what was a very difficult day for our Party nationally, the one loss we did suffer is very painful for us.
Sam Scott has been a valued colleague and an outstanding local representative for the past four years. His departure deprives the Council of its youngest member which is a tragedy when the Council is far from representative of the local population. This result is therefore a loss to the whole Council as well as the Labour Group in particular.
I pay tribute to Sam and to all of Labour’s unsuccessful candidates for all their hard work and commitment.”
The Labour Group will meet on Monday to discuss its strategy for the coming year.