Politics

Government works on a number of levels. Parish councils were formed in England under the Local Government Act 1894. Before this date a variety of groups based around ecclesiastical parishes had responsibility for these matters, in a system of local government that originated in the feudal system of the 8th century. They are the first tier of local government, they have fairly limited powers but do have a reasonable amount of influence and are the level of government that is closest to the community. Local government is the collective term for local councils or local authorities. Local councils are made up of councillors who are voted for by the public in local elections and paid council staff who deliver services. The central government looks after national affairs, such as health, defence, foreign policy and the environment. The government is responsible for the general welfare of citizens and gives protection to the most vulnerable in society. Members of the European Parliment participate in deciding what laws should be made at EU level, and also in other key parts of EU decision making, such as how money in the EU budget should be spent.

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Eye Parish Council is, amongst other things, responsible for the Leeds Hall, allotments, cemetary and the war memorial. They are consulted on local Planning Applications, Highway/Road Safety issues, long term planning and wider community involvement strategies. The council has monthly meetings in the Leeds Hall and an Annual General Meeting once a year. Councillors themselves are not paid and the parish council makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish and is funded from the council tax.

Peterborough City Council is a unitary authority and is responsible for education, highways, transport planning, passenger transport, social care, housing, libraries, leisure and recreation, environmental health, waste collection, waste disposal, planning applications, strategic planning and local taxation collection.

City Councillors – City Councillors are elected to represent their ward in the City Council. Eye and Eye Green is split over two wards. Eye itself is in the same ward as Thorney and is represented by two councillors. Eye Green is in the Newborough Ward which is represented by one councillor.


Current Peterborough City Councillors

Eye, Newborough and Thorney

richar-brown-peterborough-councillor Richard Brown (Conservative)
Richard lived in Eye for 28 years, he went to school in Peterborough and currently works at Perkins Engines. He was a member of Eye Parish Council for over 20 years.http://democracy.peterborough.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=2144
steve-allen-peterborough-councillor Steve Allen  (Conservative)
Deputy Chairman Finance & Membership Peterborough Conservative Association.
http://democracy.peterborough.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=2305

Election for Eye, Newborough and Thorney (Population: 6,825. Area: 9,536 hectares)

2017
After the resignation of David Sanders a by-election will be held in Eye, Thorney and Newborough on Thursday 7 September 2017.

Current candidates:

  • Michael Alexander (Green Party)
  • Dr Christian DeFeo (Labour)
  • Callum Robertson (Liberal Democrats)
Previous Election Results for Eye and Thorney (Population: 6,138. Area: 3,300 hectares)

2016:
Three seats  were up for election

  • Michael Alexander (Green Party) 356 votes
  • Steve Allen (Conservative Party) 1,000 votes
  • Richard Brown Andrew (Conservative Party) 869 votes
  • Carl Matthew Harper (Labour Party) 496 votes
  • David Neil Harrington (Independent) 764 votes
  • Mary Herdman (UKIP) 812 votes
  • Scott Johnson (Labour Party) 299 votes
  • Layton Mills (UKIP) 667 votes
  • David Sanders (Conservative Party) 1,299 votes
  • Mohammed Yasin (Labour Party ) 217 votes

Eye and Thorney merged with Newborough Ward in 2016

2014:
Two seats were up for election after the resignation of Councillor Dale McKean.

  • Marc Boylan (Labour) 327 votes
  • Richard Brown (Conservative) 773 votes
  • Carl Harper (Trade unionist and socialist coalition) 81 votes
  • Mary Herdman (UKIP) 763 votes
  • Haggai Odep (Labour) 213 votes
  • Fiona Radic (Green) 180 votes
  • David Sanders (Conservative) 1,008 votes

Turnout: 38%.

2012:

  • Dale McKean (Conservative) 694 votes (45%)
  • Graham Murphy (Independent) 374 (24%)
  • Ciaran McManus (Labour) 225 (15%)
  • Mary Herdman (UK Independence Party) 186 (12%)
  • Les Lazell (Green Party) 60 (4%)

Turnout: 32%

2010:

  • David Sanders (Conservative Party) 1527 votes (49%)
  • Howard Fuller (Independent) 806 (26%)
  • Ron Graves (Labour Party) 407 (13%)
  • Richard Olive (Liberal Democrats) 386 (12%)

Turnout: 69.2%

2008:

  • Ann Sylvester (Labour) 154 (9%)
  • John Bartlett, (Independent) 746 (40%)
  • Raymond Dobbs (Conservative) 941 (51%)

Turnout: 43%

2006:

  • David Sanders (Conservative) 1229 (76%)
  • Lynne O’Brien (Labour) 388 (24%)

2004:

Two seats were up for election

  • John Bartlett (Independent) 861 (45.1%)
  • David Sanders (Conservative) 838 (43.9%)
  • Stephen Holmes (Conservative) 66.7
  • Mary Herdman (Independent) 496
  • Zalgul Bishrey (Labour) 212 (11.1%)
  • Winifred Evans (Labour) 184

2002:

  • David Sanders (Conservative) 1007 (69.2%)
  • Stephen Lawrence (Labour) 448 (30.8%)

Newborough Election Results (Population 2,845. Area: 4,011 hectares)

Newborough ward became part of Eye and Thorney in 2016.

2014:

  • Ray Dobbs (Conservative) 263 votes (28.4%)
  • David Harrington (Independent) 570 votes (61.5%)
  • Bonita Yonga (Labour) 94 votes (10.1%)

Turnout: 43%

2010:

  • David Harrington Ind 706 (46.8%)
  • Richard Brown C 650 (43.1%)
  • Zayaer Malik Lab 153 (10.1%)

2006:

  • David Harrington Ind 461 (49.5%)
  • Neville Sanders Cons 416 (44.7%)
  • Peter Ward Lab 54 (5.8%)

2004:

  • Neville Sanders Ind 471 (54.0%)
  • Simon Potter Ind 265 (30.4%)
  • Wendy Henderson Lib 86 (9.9%)
  • Marie Stonham Lab 51 (5.8%)

2002:

  • Neville Sanders Cons 571 (80.8%)
  • Christopher Whitworth Lab 136 (19.2%)

Peterborough MP

Eye is covered by the Peterborough constituency in the House of Commons.

Current MP

Fiona Onasanya MP
Email: fiona.onasanya.mp@parliament.uk
Write to: Fiona Onasanya MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
www.parliment.uk
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Election Results
2017:

Candidates
Name Party Votes % +/-
Fiona Onasanya Labour 22,950 48.1 +12.5
Stewart Jackson Conservative 22,343 46.8 +7.1
Beki Sellick Liberal Democrat 1,597 3.3 -0.4
Fiona Radic Green 848 1.8 -0.8
Majority 607 1.3  +2.6
Turnout  47,738  67.5


2015:

Candidates
Name Party Votes % +/-
Stewart Jackson Conservative 18,684 39.7 -0.7
Lisa Forbes Labour 16,759 35.6 +6.1
Darren Fower Liberal Democrat 1,774 3.8 -15.9
Mary Herdman UK Independence Party 7,485 15.9 +9.2
Chris Ash Liberal 639 1.4 +1.4
Darren Bisby-Boyd Green 1,218 2.6 +1.4
John Fox Independent 516 1.1 +1.1
Majority 1,925 4.1
Turnout 47,714 64.9

2010:

Candidates
Name Party Votes % +/-
Stewart Jackson Conservative 18,133 40.4 -2.9
Ed Murphy Labour 13,272 29.5 -4.8
Nick Sandford Liberal Democrat 8,816 19.6 +2.9
Frances Fox UK Independence Party 3,007 6.7 +3.5
Rob King English Democrats 770 1.7 +1.7
Fiona Radic Green 523 1.2 +1.2
John Swallow Independent 406 0.9 +0.9
Majority 4,861 10.8
Turnout 44,927 63.6

2005:

Candidates
Name Party Votes % +/-
Stewart Jackson Conservative 17,364 42.1 +4.1
Helen Clark Labour 14,624 35.5 -9.6
Nick Sandford Liberal Democrat 6,876 16.7 +2.2
Mary Herdman UK Independence Party 1,242 3.0 +0.6
Terry Blackman National Front 931 2.3 +2.3
Marc Potter Motorcycle News Party 167 0.4 +0.4
Majority 2,740 6.6
Turnout 41,204 61.0 -0.4

2001:

Candidates
Name Party Votes % +/-
Helen Brinton Labour 17,975 45.1 -5.2
Stewart Jackson Conservative 15,121 38.0 +2.8
Nick Sandford Liberal Democrat 5,761 14.5 +3.8
Julian Fairweather UK Independence 955 2.4 +1.7
Majority 2,854 7.2
Turnout 39,812 61.3 -11.

For previous years see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterborough (UK_Parliament_constituency)