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Landslide Lib Dem victory in Cromer by-election

08:01 22 February 2013

Cromer

Cromer's new councillor Andreas Yiasimi.

(C) Chris Taylor Photo

A well-known personality in the Cromer area is now its newest councillor after securing a landslide by-election win.

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Restaurateur, entertainer and photographer Andreas Yiasimi won the seat for the Liberal Democrats with twice as many votes as his nearest rival.

Mr Yiasimi is part of the long-standing family-run Greek restaurant business, the Constantia Cottage at East Runton, where he and his brother also perform music to entertain diners.

He is also a celebrity chef who takes part in and helps organise the Crab and Lobster festival, and a freelance photographer attending many public events including carnival week at Cromer, where he lives with his family.

Mr Yiasimi polled 558 votes in the election to find a successor to former leader of Conservative-controlled North Norfolk District Council Keith Johnson, who died in a shotgun incident.

Second was Labour’s Jen Hamilton-Emery with 240, third was UKIP’s David Ramsbotham with 218, while Conservative Tony Nash, who is celebrating his wedding anniversary today, brought up the rear with 181 in a 40pc turnout.

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