Liberal Democrat Steve Griffiths has won the Old Cleeve & District ward by-election, beating off challenges from former Conservative Councillors Martin Dewdney and Richard Lillis (standing as an Independent).
The votes were:
Steve Griffiths (LibDem) 500 (44.9%)
Martin Dewdney (Con) 496 (44.3%)
Richard Lillis (Ind) 120 (10.8%)
Commenting on his victory Steve said:
“We stood on our positive record in West Somerset after taking control of the council after twenty years of Tory neglect.”
“We are proud of the work we have done in starting to combat climate change, investing in Watchet regeneration, protecting the Blue Anchor coast, supporting businesses throughout the area and we will be building the first council houses in West Somerset for a generation.”
“It was a hard-fought election and very close with 2 recounts. I am humbled to represent such a wonderful area on the council. A massive thank you to the Returning Officer and his staff who conducted the election so efficiently. And to my campaign team, especially fellow ward councillor Marcus Kravis.”
“Following our amazing gain of an MP in the Chesham and Amersham by-election the Lib Dems are setting off in new directions and no seat is safe for the Conservatives."