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Labour snatch Tory stronghold borough seat in Gorleston

13:05 24 June 2011

Council chamber at Great Yarmouth Town Hall.
Photo: Andy Darnell

Council chamber at Great Yarmouth Town Hall. Photo: Andy Darnell

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LABOUR snatched a Tory stronghold seat in a Great Yarmouth by-election last night.

Marlene Fairhead took the seat with 424 votes with Conservative candidate Carl Smith polling 401 votes. There was a 24.21pc turnout for the St Andrew’s ward vacancy, caused following the death of Tory councillor Gerry Cook.

Both candidates live in Gorleston.

It’s the second Conservative seat taken by the local Labour group this year. In the May 6 elections, Barbara Wright took the other St Andrew’s ward seat from sitting councillor Brian Watts.

4 comments

  • Labour took St. Andrews Ward. I wonder what would have happened if “openness and transparency” was prevalent in GYBC and the election date was advertised in such a way for someone that does not visit the town hall the library or the council’s website to know when the closing date for nominations. I am pleased that labour took it one in the eye for ex cabinet members that believe they are the untouchables.

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    John L Cooper

    Friday, June 24, 2011

  • What a miserable mandate, ah well, it has never stopped any of them, cllr. don't seem to feel disenfranchised with such a result, it sure looks like a reflection of the councils work and standing.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, June 24, 2011

  • 24% turnout....just shows how fed up folk are with the inept lot that are there in the town hall already.

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    wes1975

    Friday, June 24, 2011

  • Well if I have successfully posted my views WHY dont you show it

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    John L Cooper

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

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