Video and pictures: Early Lib Dem ‘win’ in Torridge

The ballot box was well placed to catch voters at the bar. Picture: @TIDYEYEPR

The ballot box was well placed to catch voters at the bar. Picture: @TIDYEYEPR - Credit: @TIDYEYEPR

Bell Inn customers have their say on who should be running the country with a spoof election.

UKIP candidate Derek Sargent and customers at the bar. Picture: @TIDYEYEPR

UKIP candidate Derek Sargent and customers at the bar. Picture: @TIDYEYEPR - Credit: @TIDYEYEPR

Punters pre-empted polling day by casting their ‘votes’ in a mock election at the Bell Inn pub in Monkleigh last night (Wednesday).

The fun event was hosted by proprietors Nicky and Peter Gregory, with Nicky serving as official adjudicator.

As is expected with the real thing, the margins were very tight, with the Liberal Democrats just squeezing into top spot with six votes.

UKIP polled five and the Conservatives four, with no votes for the Green Party or Labour.


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Customers discussed today’s election over traditional ales and pub fare and even suggested some possible coalitions they would like to see.

This saw a Conservative and Lib Dem coalition or a Conservative/UKIP pairing as the most popular choices, with no takers for the prospect of Labour teaming up with the SNP or Lib Dems.

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