‘I hope you understand I would rather not be here and I wish it was Jenny’ - new Norwich councillor pays tribute to former Lord Mayor
06:30 21 December 2012
Victorious Marion Maxwell said she was delighted to have secured her seat at City Hall - despite admitting she would rather not be there.
The Labour and Co-operative Party candidate polled the most votes for the Crome ward by-election to replace former Lord Mayor Jenny Lay, who stepped down last month after announcing she was living with cancer for the second time.
Andrew Boswell also retained Nelson ward for the Green Party yesterday as he succeeded former Green David Rogers, who resigned citing issues within the party for his decision.
Mrs Maxwell said yesterday: “I am absolutely delighted. I hope you understand I would rather not be here and I wish it was Jenny. I want to celebrate her as a councillor and Lord Mayor and I am grateful for the support she has given me.”
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree was among the first to send his congratulations, with the Labour supporter lending his help to Mrs Maxwell’s campaign on the doorstep.
Mrs Maxwell, who has previously contested elections in Mancroft ward, said: “We’ve got issues in Crome with the flooding off Heartsease Lane and there’s a bit of a problem with parking in some areas. I’ve been talking to people with children and they are worried at what will happen with Sure Start. They love it and many couldn’t do without it.”
Mrs Maxwell received 884 votes, while Conservative Eve Collishaw polled 259 votes as the Tories narrowly held off the UK Independence Party (Ukip) challenge for second.
Ukip’s Glenn Tingle received 232 votes, Judith Ford (Green Party) 73 and Michael Sutton-Croft (Liberal Democrat) 42. Turnout was 20.5pc.
In Nelson, Mr Boswell received 1,121 votes, Layla Dickerson (Labour) 599 votes, Helen Whitworth (Liberal Democrat) 174 and Alexandra Davies (Conservative) 108. Turnout was 27.8pc.
Mr Boswell, also a county councillor, said: “I would like to thank Nelson residents - it’s a reflection of a very good relationship we have with them.”
Turnout was higher than last month’s 16.3pc in Norwich for the police and crime commissioner elections. The council now has 21 Labour councillors, 15 Green Party and three Lib Dems.