Published: May 3, 2013
Tories sweep to victory in Burnham's County Council elections

Conservative Party candidates in the Burnham-On-Sea area were celebrating early this morning (Friday, May 3rd) after winning all four county council seats in the area.

Peter Burridge-Clayton retained his Burnham North seat, while John Woodman held onto Highbridge and Burnham South, Mark Healey won the Huntspill ward and John Denbee won in Brent. Click here for the full results.

It was a disappointing day for local Liberal Democrats, who were privately confident of securing at least one or more seats in the Burnham area before Thursday's election.

In Highbridge, Lib Dem Helen Groves had hoped to overturn John Woodman's majority in 2009 - but in fact she lost by 150 votes to John Woodman.

And Lib Dem Tom Nicholls also failed to win in Burnham North where Peter Burridge-Clayton won by a 605 vote majority.

Turnout across the district was poor, with a 28.48 per cent turnout overall, which was down on the 48 per cent turnout at the last elections in 2009.

The Conservatives retained overall control of Somerset County Council, with the party winning 28 seats across the county, the minimum number that was needed to secure a majority.

Peter Burridge-Clayton told Burnham-On-Sea.com at the election count in Bridgwater: "I am delighted to have been given the chance to repesent the residents of Burnham North for another four years."

"I am pleased to have increased my majority from the last election and I will do my best to represent my constituents at county level."

And John Woodman added: "I would like to thank everyone that voted for me - it is an honour to represent Burnham South and Highbridge for four more years. I will work hard to bring as much to the ward as I can and represent the residents to the best of my ability."

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Burnham-On-Sea Election Results

 


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