reaction to Conservative council election wins in Burnham-On-Sea
have been coming in from local councillors and politicians following
this week's Somerset County Council elections in Burnham-On-Sea
As we reported here,
the Conservatives won all four local County Council seats in Thursday's
Burridge-Clayton retained the Burnham-On-Sea North seat and John
Woodman held the Highbridge and Burnham South seat. Bob Filmer won
the Brent Knoll seat for the Tories while Mark Healey retained the
Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt won the Wells County Council seat
from Conservative John Osman by 95 votes. Mr Osman was the council
Heappey, the Conservatives' General Election candidate, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday: "It is sad to have lost
John Osman in a close race in the Wells Division. John has been
an excellent servant of the City of Wells for many years and has
led Somerset County Council with great passion and commitment over
the last five years."
"Making six gains across the county last night was an amazing
achievement but it is a shame that John will not be there to lead
the enlarged Conservative group forwards at County Hall."
"Claims of a Liberal Democrat bounce-back have been dismissed
after the party lost six seats across the county and failed to improve
on their 2015 vote share in the Wells Constituency. The Conservatives
topped the poll locally with 47.5% of the vote with the Liberal
Democrats in second on 34%. In the 2015 General Election, James
Heappey won with 46.1% ahead of the Lib Dem on 32.8%."
Mr Heappey added: "These results are an excellent platform
on which we can build our General Election campaign. I am delighted
that we have maintained our advantage over the Lib Dems but we must
now focus on the important question of who will lead our country
for the next five years. I have a strong record of action here in
the Wells Constituency and I'm standing with Theresa May because
only she can provide the strong and stable leadership that our country
needs in the coming years."
Tessa Munt, who won the Wells county council seat, said:
"I want to thank you very much for voting me in in Wells and
for all your support. I am absolutely delighted and it's a privelege
and honour to represent my family's home as a Somerset County Councillor.
It's clear that people out there want something very different and
I'm glad to give my full attenton to the job. I learnt a huge amount
during the five years I served as your MP and in the time since.
The time spent listening to people, talking to them, meeting them
and hearing their concerns over that time has left me absolutely
clear that you will get a bargain. You will get 'two for one' if
I'm the MP and County Councillor for Wells, so I'm looking forward
to being your independent-minded MP!"
Bob Filmer said after winning the Brent Knoll seat: "I
am very pleased and proud to have been elected to serve the residents
of Brent division."
John Woodman said: "I'm very proud to represent Highbridge
and Burnham South - I would like to thank everyone who voted for
me and promise to work hard to improve our towns."
Brian Hobbs, UKIP's Burnham North candidate, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Following last night's Somerset County Council elections results
where I stood as a candidate for Burnham North, I would like to
congratulate Peter Burridge-Clayton on his success in winning that
"I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the Burnham
South constituents who supported me and gave me their vote. There
is no hiding the fact it was not a good day for myself and UKIP,
polling just 9% of the vote from a poor turnout of just 38.72%,
although that was higher than the local average which was a disappointing
"Coming in third behind the Conservatives and the Lib-Dems
with their massive campaign budgets we at least managed to push
Labour back into fourth. So once again thank you for your support
and remember it's your Council, it's your money they are spending
and it's you that is affected by the decisions they make. You still
have the right for your voice to be heard and I urge you not to
be affraid to question what they do."
We invited Peter Burridge-Clayton to provide a comment about
his win in Burnham North - his response will be added here.
full make-up of the County Council is now: Conservatives 35, Liberal
Democrats 12, Green Party 2, Independent 3, Labour 3, Liberal Party
0, UK Independence Party 0.
COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS:
The local results are as follows:
FILMER, Bob The Conservative Party Candidate 1917
GORE, Tony Liberal Democrats 537
MARSDEN, Janty Labour Party Candidate 216
WILLIS, David Robert UK Independence Party (UKIP) 159
Percentage turnout 36.4%
BURNHAM ON SEA NORTH
BURRIDGE-CLAYTON, Peter The Conservative Party Candidate*
HOBBS, Brian Royston UK Independence Party (UKIP) 278
MURPHY, Mike Liberal Democrats 1183
PRICE, Colin Michael Labour Party Candidate 178
Percentage turnout 38.72%
AND BURNHAM SOUTH
CORKE, Lorna Irene Bromley UK Independence Party (UKIP) 197
PARKES, John David Liberal Democrats 767
SCANLON, Lucy Labour Party Candidate 213
WOODMAN, John Charles The Conservative Party Candidate* 1065
Percentage turnout 29.79%
CHADWICK, Chelsea Joan Labour Party Candidate 337
HARVEY, Phil Liberal Democrats 513
HEALEY, Mark The Conservative Party Candidate* 1810
Percentage turnout 35.74%
the election, the successful candidates officially take up their
office on the 8th May.
The Full Council's Annual General meeting on 24th May will appoint
the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council, the Leader of the
Council and the membership of the various Council committees. As
the current council leader has not been re-elected, the current
deputy leader, Councillor David Hall, will assume the responsibilities
of the leader until Full Council on 24th May. Immediately after
the Full Council Meeting it is expected that the new Leader of the
Council will confirm appointments to Cabinet roles.