Green Party wins district council seat
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Green Party candidate Cathrine Simmons won by a majority of 111 votes in the Torrington by-election.
THE Green Party has won its first seat on Torridge District Council after a by-election held last week.
Cathrine Simmons led by a majority of 111 votes – with 292 of a total of 832 cast.
UKIP’s Robin Julian came second with 181 votes and David Cox, Independent, received 160.
Cathrine said: “Great Torrington has been my home for 27 years and I now have a chance to represent the community.
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“Torrington has many problems: low wages, high unemployment and high housing costs but the one thing it has in shovels full is a good community spirit.
“I think my work in the past on various committees and town council has been finally recognised.”
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The vote followed Councillor Geoff Lee’s resignation from his role at the district council after moving away from the area.