11th June 2009
Victory for Lib Dem John Dyke
By Marion Draper
CREWKERNE voters re-elected Liberal Democrat John Dyke as their county councillor, opposing Conservative Marcus Barrett and Green candidate Ben Hartshorn.
Councillor Dyke was delighted to continue his work and said: “May I sincerely thank all those who voted for me last Thursday. It is a real privilege for me to serve Crewkerne and Misterton as its representative at County Hall.
“With the Conservatives now the controlling group, it will be inevitably rather more difficult for me to achieve things for my local community. However, I regard that as the challenge.
“I have always sought to operate in a non-partisan manner and I will continue to argue Crewkerne’s case as forcibly as before.”
Mr Barrett was gracious in defeat, as he said made more joyful by the overall result in the county.
Speaking to the town council he said: “I would like to offer my personal congratulations to John Dyke and Andrea Stuart and wish them warm good fortune.
“I would also like to thank everyone who helped with my campaign and in fact all those who voted for my opponents as Crewkerne had one of the largest turnouts.
“It was encouraging to see yellow and blue rosettes getting together trying to work out how to help the CVT bus get more drivers which was a true test of local democracy.
“Second prize doesn’t win you anything but in other ways yes it does because I have made a lot of new friendships.”
The new town councillor for Crewkerne is Andrea Stuart, also Lib Dem, who won the seat by over 200 votes over her nearest rival Conservative Teresa Bond.
It was the second attempt by Mrs Bond to gain a position on the council after losing to Lib Dem Robin Pailthorpe in the last by election. Mrs Stuart gained 1,292 votes to Mrs Bond’s 1,007. Green candidate Ben Hartshorn received 431 votes.
She said: “I would like to express my thanks to the people of Crewkerne, my friends and supporters for electing me to the role of Crewkerne Town Council in the elections last week.
“I am very honoured to be able to serve in this role. Crewkerne is a great place to live and I will endeavor to make it even better.”
PICTURE: County councillor John Dyke with Lord Asdown and councillor Andrea Stuart after the count
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