CAMBS ELECTION 2013: Tories win Ely South & West and retail Soham & Fordham seats

Conservative gain

Conservative gain - Credit: Archant

COUNTING in East Cambridgeshire has finished - and it has been a disastrous election for the Liberal Democrats in the district.

The final two results for the district have seen the party lose Ely South and West to the Conservatives and fall behind both UKIP candidates and a Labour candidate in Soham and Fordham.

In Ely South and West, Anna Bailey polled 973 votes to oust Sue Austen who polled 712 votes.

UKIP candidate Jeremy Tyrrell came third with 441 votes, with Labour’s Ruth Barber polling 275 and Green Party candidate William Allen polling 126 votes.

The Soham and Fordham division is served by two councillors - and both have been won by the Conservatives with UKIP offering the closest challenge.


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James Palmer and Joshua Schumann, who took over from long-serving councillor John Powley who stood down prior to the election, polled 2,064 and 1.623 votes respectively.

They were followed by UKIP’s Dick Bourne and John Howlett, who polled 1,364 and 1,198 votes respectively, and Labour’s Mike Swift who polled 597 votes.

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Liberal Democrat Charles Warner came a distant sixth with 588 votes and was followed by Labour’s Chris Horne with 499 votes and Liberal Democrat Chika Akinwale who polled 319 votes.

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