ELECTIONS: Olwen is ousted after 25-year stint

ONE of Calderdale’s longest- serving councillors has been ousted from her seat in Todmorden.

Olwen Jennings (Lib Dem) lost out to Labour candidate Jayne Booth by 477 votes.

Mrs Jennings said: “I am disappointed to lose but at the end of the day all’s fair in love, war and politics.”

The former councillor was entering her 13th year as a member of Calderdale Council, having spent 12 years on Todmorden Town Council before that. She has been Mayor and Deputy Mayor of both councils but said it was unlikely that she will be standing again.

“Normally Calderdale doesn’t go with the national trend but we have been hit as a party,” she said.

“I think I might need some persuading if I was going to stand next year. I’ll be 71 and can’t go on forever.

“I shall miss it because I have enjoyed helping the people of Todmorden. I can go back to having a different life. No more letters and email.

“I have spoken to Jayne and wished her good luck. It’s never as you expected but we all have to start somewhere.”

Jayne Booth (Lab) said she was particularly interested in housing, the environment and regeneration.

“I want to make sure that the cuts which are still to be introduced don’t affect frontline services in Todmorden,” she said.

“Todmorden is a unique area with a lot to offer but we’ve not marketed as effectively as we might have done.”

The first-time councillor lives at Lydgate and works for a social housing provider.