2, 2011 Conservatives
win County Council seat in Brent by-election
Conservative's John Denbee has won a County Council seat following
a by-election in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Thursday (December
Residents across the Brent division went to the polls to choose
a replacement for long-serving Tory County Councillor Alan Ham,
who died in September.
The Conservatives held onto the seat after Mr Denbee, who lives
in Chapel Allerton, won 1,285 votes while Liberal Democrat Helen
Groves, from Burnham, won 932 votes.
There was an 18% swing to the Lib Dems, helping them achieve
their largest share of the vote in the ward for 18 years.
Speaking at the election count in East Brent Village Hall, John
Denbee told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm very pleased to have
won and thank everyone who supported me. I would also like to
praise Helen for putting up a good fight."
Groves added: "I'm tremendously grateful to the people of
the Brent division for their support. I have had a very positive
response and, while I am disappointed not to have won, I wish
John well in the role."
Burnham's MP, Tessa Munt, who was at Thursday's election count,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This has been a very positive campaign
for Helen and it's good to see the Lib Dem share has risen against
the backdrop of some tough decisions being made by the government."
The turnout in Thursday's election was 29.7%. There were nine
spoiled votes - eight of which were unmarked and one where both
candidates were ticked.
The Brent ward covers a large area around Burnham including the
villages of Brean, Berrow, Lympsham, Brent Knoll, East Brent,
Rooksbridge and Watchfield.
Pictured: Top, Helen Groves congratulated John Denbee for
his win at the election count in East Brent; above, the election
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