Tagged: 2015

Hail to the Ale wins again

Hail to the Ale micropub in Claregate has triumphed again in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) pub of the year competition following its Wolverhampton City Pub of the Year 2015 title win earlier this year. The micropub, which adheres to a set of conditions laid down by the Micropub Association such as selling only real ale, cider and fruit wine and shunning gambling machines has been awarded West Midlands County Pub of the Year, seeing off hot competition from the cream of real ale pubs in the West Midlands. Voting is conducted by eligible CAMRA members, who visit all pubs per round of the competition scoring on beer quality, pub ambience, food and the sense of community fostered by the pub.

Angela Morton with award at Hail to the Ale

Proprietors Gary and Angela Morton were presented with the award by a West Midlands CAMRA representative in front of a full pub at the weekend, with Mr Morton thanking his staff and regular pub users for their success. A special ‘Celebration Ale’ was brewed by Morton Brewery for the occasion, selling out in under an hour.

Another Celebration Ale 3 is sold

The micropub now goes into the next round of voting, with locals hoping another celebration will be on the cards in the coming months.

Labour take Wolverhampton, Conservative the United Kingdom

As the final results trickle in, Wolverhampton’s political map has seen a change following the announcement of results at 5:35am as Labour’s Rob Marris took Wolverhampton South West from Conservative incumbent Paul Uppal. It was always going to be a close race between these two candidates and the people have decided by taking Labour’s vote share up from 15,653 in 2010 to 17,374 today, leapfrogging Paul Uppal who increased his share of the votes by 229. Rob Marris is no stranger to Wolverhampton South West, having previously held this seat up until 2010.

Wolverhampton South West result is announced at Aldersley Leisure Village

Wolverhampton South West result is announced at Aldersley Leisure Village

Where Labour now have a full house in Wolverhampton and are celebrating locally, those celebrations are tempered by what has happened nationally. Conservative have an overall majority – something that was not predicted prior to the election. It is a narrow majority, but a majority nonetheless. Scotland have almost unanimously voted the Scottish National Party to the detriment of both Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The Liberals have seen the vast majority of their seats wiped out, with previous supporters possibly punishing them for what was seen by many to be a deal with the devil and lack of action when in the coalition with Conservative. Nick Clegg has stepped down as leader of the Liberal Democrats, talking about the seeming death of British Liberalism in the face of Scottish Nationalism and English Conservatism. Likewise, Nigel Farage of United Kingdom Independence Party has resigned having failed to win his contested South Thanet seat, UKIP only taking one seat despite a surge in national support.

Have you voted yet? There’s still time..

Have you been out and voted yet today? There’s still time to vote – you have until 10PM. Don’t waste your chance, get out and have your say. Your polling station will be listed on your polling card which you should have had in the post. More information for Wolverhampton here and South Staffordshire here.

Get down to your polling station and vote

Get down to your polling station and vote

The situation is particularly close in Wolverhampton South West, with Conservative and Labour neck and neck in opinion polls. We’ll be reporting on the outcome of the election on a local level tomorrow, so check back for all the information.