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Lib Dems victorious in Greenham by-election

Candidates elected on just over 10% turn out

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Lib Dems victorious in Greenham by-election

The Liberal Democrats have secured two more seats on Greenham Parish Council.

Lindsey Middlemiss and Paul Walter (pictured) have become parish councillors after sweeping aside their Labour opponents in yesterday's (Thursday) election. 

Mrs Middlemiss, who volunteers with a number of local organisations, a local school governing body and West Berkshire Action for Refugees, secured 329 votes.

Mr Walter, a community councillor for seven years and who is involved with local charities, won 304 votes.  

Labour's two candidate's, Alex Keegan and Nick East, secured 128 votes between them.

Mr East won 71 votes while Mr Keegan, the writing name of Ronald Jones, won 57 votes.   

The turn out was 11.6 per cent, meaning that 399 people out of an electorate of 3443 voted. 

Four votes were rejected for being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty. 

The by-election was triggered following the resignation of two parish councillors. 

See next week's Newbury Weekly News for more. 

(Picture from West Berkshire Liberal Demcorats on Twitter)

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  • jc129

    03/12/2016 - 09:09

    Parish Councils are supposed to be apolitical. The Lib Dems, by previously undemocratically pushing their members onto the council, have now ruined the apolitical nature of this parish council. These councils work best without adversarial politics. The lack of political morality that has been shown by the Lib Dems is extraordinary.

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  • Yorkshire Rose

    02/12/2016 - 14:02

    If we had not received leaflets and e-mail from the Lib Dems, I would have had no idea this election was being held. What happened to voting cards? Many people expect an official communication beforehand, which might explain the poor turnout.

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    • SteveW

      03/12/2016 - 09:09

      Cllr Drummond raised strong objections to the expense of distributing polling cards, at a Parish Council meeting preceding the election. It's a shame that Liberal 'Democrats' have such scant regard for democracy - a 10% turnout is no kind of mandate.

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  • NewburyDenizen

    02/12/2016 - 10:10

    Nice to see I'm in the minority that care about how this place is run...

    Reply

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