Lib Dems sweep the board in Barnstaple contests
THE Liberal Democrats swept to a convincing victory in Thursday s bye-elections for two seats on Barnstaple Town Council. Both Adam Bradford and Liz Davies secured substantial majorities to take central and Pilton ward seats on the council respectively, v
THE Liberal Democrats swept to a convincing victory in Thursday's bye-elections for two seats on Barnstaple Town Council.
Both Adam Bradford and Liz Davies secured substantial majorities to take central and Pilton ward seats on the council respectively, vacated after councillors Jeremy Phillips and Carl Williamson resigned.
Mrs Davies won Pilton with 585 votes to 130 for Conservative candidate Robert Janeiro, a majority of 455 votes or 63.6 per cent from a 20 per cent voter turn out.
Mr Bradford received 477 voters to 194 for Conservative Paulene Godfrey and 42 for Communist candidate Gerrard Sables. Mr Davies had a 39.7 per cent majority from a 22 per cent turn out.
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Mr Bradford could often be seen out canvassing in his new central ward, with daughter Ellie accompanying him in her pram.
Pilton born and bred, Mrs Davies is a leading light at United Services Bowling Club in Pottington Road, while husband Andy is well known in local cricket circles.
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"Very many congratulations to our two excellent candidates on two outstanding results," said Barnstaple Liberal Democrat county councillor Brian Greenslade, who is also Lib Dem Leader on North Devon Council..
"Both are excellent community based candidates who will serve their respective wards very well. Despite a fairly low turnout Lib Dem support remained very firm.