Residents for Uttlesford

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Residents for Uttlesford
Chairman John Lodge
Founded 2014
Headquarters Residents for Uttlesford
3 London Rd, Saffron Walden, CB11 4ED, United Kingdom
Ideology Localism
Colours      Turquoise
Uttlesford District Council
11 / 39
Saffron Walden Town Council
8 / 16
Great Dunmow Town Council
2 / 16
Debden Parish Council
1 / 7
Henham Parish Council
1 / 9
Newport Parish Council
2 / 11
Website
Residents4U.org

The Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) party is a political party in the United Kingdom. The party was launched in 2014, and formed from a number of residents groups in the area.[1][2] R4U is based in the Uttlesford administrative district in Essex. The party promotes a localist agenda that seeks to give residents, towns and parishes a greater say in the future of their district.[3]

Residents for Uttlesford has elected representation at multiple levels of local government: Uttlesford District Council,[4] and various Town and Parish Councils. These include councils for both towns in Uttlesford, Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow.

Background[edit]

For the 2013 UK local elections, Uttlesford residents stood two of their own candidates on an Independent platform. Both were elected - John Lodge to Essex County Council and Joanna Parry to Uttlesford District Council.[5]

Following this, in 2014 the local residents groups formed their own party, Residents for Uttlesford, so that they could more easily stand a larger number of candidates across their electoral District.[6] A number of existing councillors crossed the aisle to join the new party when it was launched.[7]

The party’s model is based on that of the successful Loughton Residents Association elsewhere in Essex,[8] i.e. local representation. The Loughton Residents Association won their first local election in 1981. Outside of Essex another district that has followed a similar model is Epsom and Ewell in Surrey. Frome residents have adopted a similar model in Somerset with their 'flatpack democracy' approach for parish councils.

Electoral history[edit]

Uttlesford District local elections were in May 2015. Residents for Uttlesford stood 30 candidates to increase its political position.[9] Nine of the party’s candidates were elected to Uttlesford District Council and a number to town and parish councils. As a result of the election, R4U is the Official Opposition at Uttlesford District Council and is the majority party at Saffron Walden Town Council.[10]

A by-election was held on 16 February 2017 in the Uttlesford District Elsenham and Henham Henham ward following the resignation of the existing two national-party district councillors. Residents for Uttlesford stood candidates for the first time in the ward. Their candidates won by a landslide, gaining 60% of the votes cast.[11]

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