Local Elections 2017: Clean sweep for Tories in Uttlesford
PUBLISHED: 03:29 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 06:29 05 May 2017
The Conservatives came out on top in Uttlesford, holding three seats and gaining one to make it a clean sweep in the Essex County Council elections.
Susan Barker (Dunmow), Ray Gooding (Stansted) and Simon Walsh (Thaxted) all confidently held their seats, while John Moran took the Saffron Walden seat from Residents for Uttlesford’s Heather Asker, who had replaced the incumbent John Lodge.
Councillor Susan Barker achieved a commanding 3,389 votes, more than twice as many as runner-up Alex Armstrong (R4U) with 1,457.
Lori Flawn (Lib Dem) won 402 votes, marginally beating Labour candidate Bill McCarthy (399) to third place in the voting.
Alan Stannard from UKIP picked up 283 votes, while Ashley Payne (Green) won 133.
Former Saffron Walden town mayor Heather Asker was the Residents for Uttlesford candidate after incumbent John Lodge stepped down, but she was defeated by Tory John Moran, who picked up 2,468 votes to Asker’s 2,201.
Hilary Shibata (Lib Dem) won 1,211 votes in third place, with Labour’s Simon Trimnell winning 619.
Sarah Allington (Green) picked up 246 votes and Ray Tyler (UKIP) won 182.
It was another resounding Tory victory in Stansted as Councillor Ray Gooding held his seat with 2,317 votes, with the nearest challenger, Melvin Caton (Lib Dem), achieving 1,711.
Anthony Gerard, who was victorious in the evening’s Newport ward by-election, won 1,573 votes to finish in third spot.
Thomas Van de Bilt (Labour) won 284 votes while David Allum from UKIP picked up 175.
Karmel Stannard from the Green Party won 132 votes.
Conservatives held their seat confidently in Thaxted, with Councillor Simon Walsh achieving 2,710 votes, a majority of 1,756 over Antoinette Wattebot (954) from the Liberal Democrats.
Peter Simmons (Labour) was third in the voting with 405 votes, while Lorna Howe from UKIP was fourth with 325.
Paul Allington from the Green Party picked up 304 votes.
Newport ward by-election
A plus point for Residents for Uttlesford for the evening was the election of Anthony Gerard in the Newport ward by-election, which was called after Councillor Jo Parry’s decision to step down and move to the USA.
Gerard picked up 623 votes versus Paul Simper (Conservative) with 381 and Jayne Pacey (Lib Dem) who won 325.
Voter turnout in Uttlesford was up significantly from the last county council elections in 2013 with all four divisions seeing an increase.
Dunmow saw a 3.5% increase from four years ago, while 4.7% more people turned out to vote in Saffron Walden.
Stansted saw a whopping 12.5% voter increase from 28% in 2013 to 40.5% this year, although the Newport ward by-election, which saw a 48.6% turnout, may have well played a part in those numbers.
Thaxted Division also saw a 4.3% jump from 29.4% four years ago to 33.7% this time around.
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