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Sheffield Ruling Labour Party Could Lose 10 Council Seats at May Local Elections

ElectionOracle / UK Local Elections Apr 21, 2018 - 03:35 PM GMT

By: N_Walayat

ElectionOracle

A growing peaceful street revolution had been under way against Sheffield city councils ruling Labour regime in the countdown to the May 2018 Local elections in response to the rampant felling of thousands of street trees where there exists a contractual target to fell as many as half of Sheffield's Street trees during the lifetime of the PFI contract with Amey.


And so in response to growing public anger and protest that the Labour council suspended tree fellings towards the end of March in an attempt to diminish electoral fall out at the ballot box on May 3rd that had galvanised thousands of Sheffielders into peaceful protest including marching through Sheffield town centre on the 7th of April where Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker addressed a estimated crowd of 3000 at the "Get Off My Tree!" protest outside Sheffield City Hall.

Jarvis Cocker Addresses the Crowd at Sheffield City Hall Anti Tree Felling Protest

The "Get Off My Tree!" Sheffield anti-trees felling protest of 7th April 2018 started as a march from Sheffield city hall and around the city centre.

"Get off My Tree!" Sheffield Anti-Tree Felling Protest Ready to March!

Electoral Consequences

The current make up of the council has the Labour party in a commanding majority of 28 with a total of 56 seats. However with 14 Labour seats up for election then in a collapse in Labour vote could see Labours majority all but wiped out!

Of course even with the tree protests then that is a low probability event. The worst that Labour can expect on May 3rd is the loss of 10 seats which means in a worse case scenario Labour party will still manage to retain control of the council on a much reduced majority of 4.

The key beneficiaries on May 3rd are likely to be the green party that could see the number of councils double from 4 to 8, with the balance going to the Liberal Democrats.

So unfortunately for those who love Sheffield's trees. May 3rd is unlikely to bring an end to Sheffield's tree fellings which have just been put on pause for electoral purposes with fellings and protests expected to recommence on Monday May 7th.

Green Party Councillor Alison Teal at Sheffield Street Trees Fellings Protests 2018

And here is an election broadcast for Sheffield's tree party (all those who oppose the Labour councils tree felling programme).

UK Local Elections May 2018 - Sheffield to Break Free of Labour Rule Over Street Trees

Here's a taste from ONE street (Abbeydale Park Rise) of why thousands of Sheffielders are protesting against the felling of healthy street trees.

Abbeydale Park Rise Cherry Tree's in Blossom - Sheffield Street Tree Protests

Undoubtedly once the local elections are over then the sound of protests vs chainsaws by the councils contractor Amey and its minions such as Acorn will once more echo on the streets of Sheffield.

More videos that illustrate what has taken place on Abbeydale Park Rise in the name of the Labour council's PFI contract.

Abbeydale Park Rise - Sheffield Street Tree Protests March 2018

Here Arb's butchered several of Abbeydale Park Rise's Christmas light Cherry tree's, as a bitter Christmas present for the streets residents.

Meanwhile South Yorkshire Police were deployed to snatch protestors off the street.

Sheffield Police State as Tree Protesting Citizens Are Snatched off the Streets!

https://youtu.be/hb_WGPOIEQg

By N Walayat

http://www.walayatfamily.com

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