Some of East Cambridgeshire’s victorious Conservatives share their thoughts on election results

Cllr Philip Read

Cllr Philip Read - Credit: Archant

SIX of the eight Conservative candidates returned to Cambridgeshire County Council react to their victories and share their thoughts on results across the county.

Cllr Anna Bailey

Cllr Anna Bailey - Credit: Archant

Philip Read said: “I’m very concerned about all these UKIP candidates and whether they will be able to do the job and do it properly.

Father and son councillors Bill and Tom Hunt

Father and son councillors Bill and Tom Hunt - Credit: Archant

“It is a big commitment being a county councillor, almost a full-time job, so I hope they represent the electorate as they have promised to.”

Clr Matthew Shuter

Clr Matthew Shuter - Credit: Archant

Matthew Shuter said: “I personally handed out 5,000 leaflets to houses in the area and I’m very pleased that people have put their faith in me.

“I think across the county we have won some and we have lost some, we’ve made a couple of good gains but we’ve also had a wake-up call in some areas.”

Bill Hunt said: “I think it is particularly sad that some very hard working members have been dismissed at the whim of the electorate and I hope the people at the top listen to what voters are saying.

“Personally I was delighted to have retained the seat with a clear majority. I think I underestimated UKIP.”

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Anna Bailey said: “I knocked on every door and UKIP didn’t come up much on the doorstep so I have been surprised by how well they seem to have done.

“It was a nerve-wracking count but I’m very pleased that I won and I just want to get out and meet as many people as I possibly can now.”

Joshua Schumann said: “I think some of the results we have seen point to real disenchantment with politics and I think it will serve as a wake-up call.

“It is my first time as a county councillor and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

James Palmer said: “I am absolutely delighted, I couldn’t be more pleased. We campaigned very hard and got round to see a lot of people and I think that was an important factor.

“I would have liked to have seen a bigger turnout but I would like to thank everyone who did come out and vote.”

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