Published: June 6, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea MP congratulates winning Tory election candidates

MP David Heathcoat-Amory congratulated Burnham and Highbridge's victorious Conservative county council election candidates during a visit to the town on Saturday morning (June 6th).

The Burnham MP said Friday's election results, where the Conservatives won every seat in the Burnham area, had "exceeded expectations".

He is pictured congratulating Peter Burridge-Clayton, who won the Burnham North seat, John Woodman who clinched Highbridge and Burnham South, and Mark Healey, who won the Huntspill ward.

Talking to at The Princess Hall before his regularly surgery, Mr Heathcoat-Amory added: "It was a marvellous result yesterday that was quite unprecedented."

"The results exceeded expectations - the Conservatives have never controlled so many county council seats across Somerset."

"Full credit goes to the candidates. I am confident that with the council now under Conservative control, we will see a much better-run operation."

The Conservatives took overall control of Somerset after 16 years under the Liberal Democrats. The Conservatives now have 35 seats, an increase of 11, the Lib Dems have 21, having lost nine, and Labour have two, following the loss of two.

The MP added: "I pay respect to those unsuccessful outgoing election candidates for all the work they have done over the last few years."


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