Labour hold off Tories in Colchester Council by-election

Essex County Standard: Rosalind Scott with Labour peer Lord Bassam in Wivenhoe last week Rosalind Scott with Labour peer Lord Bassam in Wivenhoe last week

LABOUR saw off a strong challenge from the Conservatives to hold the Wivenhoe Quay seat following a by-election.

Rosalind Scott has succeeded colleague Steve Ford, who died following a battle with cancer in April, as the Colchester Council representative for Wivenhoe Quay ward.

She polled 857 votes in yesterday's by-election, defeating Conservative challenger Peter Hill by 228 votes.

The Ukip surge in Essex was not replicated in Wivenhoe, although candidate John Pitts came third with 129 votes, narrowly ahead of Lib Dem Shaun Boughton with 127 votes.

Green Party candidate Tim Glover came fifth with 90 votes, while Patriotic Socialist candidate Dave Osborn attracted just two supporters.

The hold brings the number of Labour councillors on Colchester Council to nine.

They form a coalition administration with 24 Lib Dem and four independent councillors.

The 23 Conservative councillors form the opposition.

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12:07pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Excellent result. Democracy in action and demonstrating that local politics is about people not national politics.
Excellent result. Democracy in action and demonstrating that local politics is about people not national politics. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 9

2:47pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Shrubendlad says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Excellent result. Democracy in action and demonstrating that local politics is about people not national politics.
I agree-the Lib Dems should know their place-Nowhere.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Excellent result. Democracy in action and demonstrating that local politics is about people not national politics.[/p][/quote]I agree-the Lib Dems should know their place-Nowhere. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 7

7:06pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Nom De Plume says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Excellent result. Democracy in action and demonstrating that local politics is about people not national politics.
Why because a Labour Candidate won?
Labour in Colchester is nearly as funny as some of your daily scribings.
It is about time we had a Liberal Democrat government right across the board.
No more hung groups total democracy on a natural and balanced level.
Labour reminds me of Tony Blair and the cronies. The only decent one was Balls & Prescott but sometimes Ed used to talk it.
I remember what the Labour party used to be like in their heady days in Colchester.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Excellent result. Democracy in action and demonstrating that local politics is about people not national politics.[/p][/quote]Why because a Labour Candidate won? Labour in Colchester is nearly as funny as some of your daily scribings. It is about time we had a Liberal Democrat government right across the board. No more hung groups total democracy on a natural and balanced level. Labour reminds me of Tony Blair and the cronies. The only decent one was Balls & Prescott but sometimes Ed used to talk it. I remember what the Labour party used to be like in their heady days in Colchester. Nom De Plume
  • Score: -10

8:48am Sun 6 Jul 14

Shoosh1905 says...

Nom De Plume wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote:
Excellent result. Democracy in action and demonstrating that local politics is about people not national politics.
Why because a Labour Candidate won?
Labour in Colchester is nearly as funny as some of your daily scribings.
It is about time we had a Liberal Democrat government right across the board.
No more hung groups total democracy on a natural and balanced level.
Labour reminds me of Tony Blair and the cronies. The only decent one was Balls & Prescott but sometimes Ed used to talk it.
I remember what the Labour party used to be like in their heady days in Colchester.
Labour ran this country into the ground and if it wasn't for the Major /thatcher governments we'd be like Greece (without the weather). All labour knows how to do on a local or national level is spend other peoples money until it runs out God only knows why people still vote for them. Unless you all think government can spend your money better than you can, in which case hats off to you, but it's a sad state of affairs when adults become children of the state.
[quote][p][bold]Nom De Plume[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Excellent result. Democracy in action and demonstrating that local politics is about people not national politics.[/p][/quote]Why because a Labour Candidate won? Labour in Colchester is nearly as funny as some of your daily scribings. It is about time we had a Liberal Democrat government right across the board. No more hung groups total democracy on a natural and balanced level. Labour reminds me of Tony Blair and the cronies. The only decent one was Balls & Prescott but sometimes Ed used to talk it. I remember what the Labour party used to be like in their heady days in Colchester.[/p][/quote]Labour ran this country into the ground and if it wasn't for the Major /thatcher governments we'd be like Greece (without the weather). All labour knows how to do on a local or national level is spend other peoples money until it runs out God only knows why people still vote for them. Unless you all think government can spend your money better than you can, in which case hats off to you, but it's a sad state of affairs when adults become children of the state. Shoosh1905
  • Score: -7

4:29pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Oops. I seem to have got it wrong. The people of Wivenhoe voted like sheep for a political party. There was me thinking that this was a vote for a person that people liked. Silly me.
Oops. I seem to have got it wrong. The people of Wivenhoe voted like sheep for a political party. There was me thinking that this was a vote for a person that people liked. Silly me. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -1
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