Andy Cartwright loses seat after 7 years
Written by alexmetcalfe on May 6, 2018
Credit: Birmingham City Council
Andy Cartwright (Lab)
Simon Morrall (Cons)
Andy Cartwright (Lab) reacts after losing his seat to newcomer, Simon Morrall (Cons)
Andrew Cartwright lost his seat (Frankley Great Park) to Simon Morrall on May 4th when it was announced that Simon Morrall had won 1019 votes to Andy Cartwright’s 904 votes in what many residents thought was a shock result.
Update: Simon Morrall has got in touch with South Birmingham Radio to discuss his election as councillor for Frankley Great Park.
Here is what Simon had to say:
“I am incredibly humbled to be elected to represent the Frankley Great Park ward and offer my commiserations to Andrew Cartwright, who was very graceful during his defeat. I can quite honestly say I have never worked so hard in my life; I was selected as the candidate in March 2017 and over the course of 14 months I’ve walked over a million steps, spoken to over a thousand people and worn out six pairs of shoes. It’s this drive, tenacity, and attitude that made me a Conservative, and now I intend to continue this to bring genuine change to our community. Whether it’s getting our hedges cut, making sure our bins are collected, and cleaning up our streets, we have a lot of work to do and together, we will move Frankley Forward!”
Comments of support for Andrew Cartwright came flooding through social media channels when the news was announced.
“I am gutted for you Andy Cartwright. You have done so much for the community and even helped myself. Thank you for being awesome.”
– Sarah Baldock on a Facebook post in Rubery’s Community Group
While others welcomed the change after seven years of Andy Cartwright holding the seat – formerly Longbridge ward – and live in hope that Simon can step up to the challenging role.
“Simon was very visible in Frankley so he better step up to the challenge, he seemed genuine.” – Ian on Rubery’s Community Group Facebook page.
Here’s what Andrew Cartwright had to say after hearing the news:
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve our community for 7 years . I kept my pledges and ensured the community became engaged and supported. Thank you to those who PM me with your kind words. It’s been a pleasure. Very fond memories and pleased to have been able to help when people needed it. The community is different to when I became elected in a positive way. Carole Griffiths and I are thankful for your kind words and PM messages.”