June 9, 2017
Tory Debbie Matthews wins Burnham South Town Council by-election

Conservative candidate Debbie Matthews has won a seat on Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council after Thursday's by-election.

Debbie Matthews (Conservative) was elected with 568 votes, while Bev Milner Simonds (Lib Dem) was second with 435 votes, and Brian Hobbs (UKIP) was third with 115 votes.

The vacancy arose on Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council after April's resignation of Cllr Paul Young, as reported here.

Debbie Matthews said: "I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support during the campaign, and to all those who voted for me. It was certainly always going to be close and I would like to extend my congratulations to the other two candidates that stood for their efforts. I look forward to serving as a Councillor and working with the local community and the Town Council moving forward."

Reacting to the result, Bev Milner Simonds told this morning: "I would like to take the opportunity to thank those who voted for me and those who came together to help during the election process. I have a strong desire to see a Town Council that has a strategic direction that focuses on its residents. I enjoyed the debate on the doorstep with residents and it's clear that many want to make this town a nicer place to live, work and visit for residents of all ages. I will continue to work to these goals from outside of the Town Council."

The results of the Burnham-On-Sea South by-election were as follows:-

Hobbs, Brian – 115 votes

Matthews, Debbie – 568 votes (elected)

Milner Simonds, Bev – 435 votes


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