CAMBS ELECTION 2013: UKIP wins four Fenland divisions as Conservatives retain March and Whittlesey seats

Paul Clapp.

Paul Clapp. - Credit: Archant

UKIP has conquered the Conservative stranglehold of Wisbech by winning all three of the town’s seats in the Cambridgeshire County Council election.

Two of the party’s new councillors, Paul Clapp and Alan Lay, have decided to not attend today’s count at the Hudson Leisure Centre, in Wisbech.

But Mr Clapp secured a comfortable victory in the Wisbech North division, beating Tory Samantha Hoy and independent hopeful Virginia Bucknor.

Mr Clapp received a total of 808 votes in yesterday’s election.

Cllr Bucknor, a district councillor, came second with 529 votes and Cllr Hoy, the deputy mayor of Wisbech and previous holder of the seat, was a distant third with 473 votes.

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Labour’s Dean Reeves was fourth with 193 votes.

Mr Lay’s win was much narrower - he beat Steve Tierney by just 11 votes to gain the Roman Bank and Peckover division. Labour and Liberal Democrats were a distant third and fourth.

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And in an extraordinary result for UKIP, the third seat, Wisbech South, has been won by Peter Lagoda.

Mr Lagoda polled 774 votes, outsting previous division councillor Simon King who polled 636 votes. Malcolm Gamble polled 333 votes for Labour and Dave Patrick, a district and town councillor for the Liberal Democrats, polled 281 votes.

Cllr Hoy took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the result.

“Well Wisbech. You wanted change, you got it,” she said.

UKIP has also won the Waldersey division with Gordon Gillick polling 713 votes. Liberal Democrat district councillor Gavin Booth offered the toughest resistance to UKIP with 608 votes, followed by Tory Will Sutton with 528 votes. Labour’s Jess Hibbert trailed in fourth with 139 votes.

Elsewhere in Fenland, Steve Count retained his March North seat with 616 votes, with UKIP’s Christina Towns second with 501 votes.

Liberal Democrat candidate Stephen Court – confident of a strong showing after narrowly missing out in a March Town Council by-election earlier this year – was third with 328 votes. Labour’s David Brown was fourth with 177 votes.

And Fred Yeulett retained March East to ensure that March stays under Conservative rule. Cllr Yeulett polled 673 votes, beating Richard Mason of UKIP who received 635 votes.

Martin Field, representing Labour, polled 508 votes and Diane Baldry (Liberal Democrat) polled 103.

In Whittlesey, Martin Curtis retained the Whittlesey North division with 1,151 votes. Again, the closest challenger was UKIP candidate John Redding, who polled 611 votes.

The Forty Foot division, previously held by former Fenland District Council leader Geoff Harper, has been retained by the Conservatives.

Mr Harper’s successor David Connor won the division with 845 votes, with UKIP’s David Kelly second with 681 votes. Independent district councillor Mark Archer, from Manea, was third with 428 votes and Valerie Brooker was fourth for Labour with 197.

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