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Labour fight off UKIP to take Thetford West by-election

PUBLISHED: 08:04 02 August 2013 | UPDATED: 08:04 02 August 2013

Terry Jermy, new Norfolk County Councillor for Thetford West

Terry Jermy, new Norfolk County Councillor for Thetford West

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UKIP’s hot streak at Norfolk County Council elections came to a halt last night after Labour took the vote at the Thetford West by-election.

Town and district councillor Terry Jermy, who lost to UKIP by just one vote in the May 2 elections, took the seat by 1,071 votes to UKIP candidate John Newton, 900 votes.

Speaking after a tense count in which the two candidates were difficult to separate throughout, Mr Jermy said he was delighted.

“It has been a really focused campaign.

“Much more than last time with a particular focus on immigration and cuts to services.

“The best thing about getting on to the doorstep and talking to people is hearing the issues that they have but unless you are a councillor you can’t help. I’m really looking forward to getting to work to help these people out.’’

UKIP’s Mr Newton said it had been a hard campaign, but fought fairly.

He said: “I’m disappointed but it was a good campaign and we put a lot into it. I think we may have lost it through the EU migration vote but we will look at that.

“I have congratulated Terry and I wish him well.’’

The election determined the only vacant seat at County Hall after the resignation of previous UKIP winner, Peter Georgiou.

Mr Georgiou quit just six weeks into the role after he admitted shoplifting and being fined for not paying duty on tobacco.

Turnout for the election was higher than expected with 2,375 taking to the polls – 24.6% of the electorate.

That figure outdid the 23.75% who voted on May 2.

Labour now have 15 seats on the county council while UKIP have 14.

The election saw a disappointing vote for the Conservative candidate Tristan Ashby. He took just 282 votes.

Danny Jeffrey, Independent, took 78 votes while Sandra Walmsley, Green Party, took 40 votes.

32 comments

  • Peter Watson is this not the party that your beloved labour are in with at county hall? Is this not the party that have given labour the leadership and control of county hall? I should be careful about how you talk about your partners. So when are Labour going to do something? You have been in control since May and you have done nothing, as per usual all hot air

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    Sweet cheeks

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • they were certainly chasing people for votes, 3 times they knocked on my door asking for my partner (who was away) despite having a norfolk county council no cold calling sticker

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    DavidC

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • ... And probably not one with a past that can be questioned like a number of UKIP candidates recently have.

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    JO

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Unfortunately Ingo the EDP threw their toys out of the pram when they were likened to chickens. I thought the analogy was apposite. As for Terry being a twin hatter, he is a triple hatter because he is also a Town Councillor. But he does work very hard for Thetford and is friends with Alex Kemp and Bert Bremner who are real Labourites so he may prove to be an OK sort of guy. So lets hope Mary Jane there will be a spot of defrocking before too long. Was very interested to see how many votes the Tory candidate got. That is a wipeout.

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    alecto

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • short one liners only, nothing too challenging for the mods.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Astonishing that ANYONE would EVER vote Liebour ever again after the 13yr previous mess which left the country in the dreadful state it is today. Memories seem to be very short.

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    windup

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • If the UKIP candidate had spent more of the paper space he posted through my door talking about issues he would have any influence on perhaps I would have voted for him. In fact all I got was 5 million Bulgarians are apparently about to descend on the UK. Prey tell how a local Councillor can make any difference on this issue? People are fools if they really think any Councillor be it Labour. Conservative or other really make any national difference. What matters locally is that you have someone who will work hard for the local community, I don't vote for a party at this level because it is far less relevant. Do people really believe 27 year old Labour chap Terry Jermy cause us to borrow huge sums of money under Labour? Or that Tristan Ashby was fully behind Thatchers botched privatisation program? Makes me laugh. Put your naive hate down, do some research and vote for someone you know will do a decent job.

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    chrisd

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • We need to remember that there are only local elections next year in Norwich and Great Yarmouth (for one-third of the Council in each case). The other Districts have "all-out" elections in 2015 on the same day as the General Election.

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    Old Hand

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Well done - welcome to the Asylum!

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    arrowhead

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Stanley, what nobody seems to have noticed is that UKIP increased both vote and share, and that Labour poured everything into this. We can be happy that UKIP was booted out, but let's not kid ourselves the problem has gone away. Next year the locals will more than likely be combined with the Euros, as in 2009. The Euros bring UKIP voters out in force, and they have that second vital vote in the locals. We have won, in a very minor skirmish, a battle that has left UKIP standing and intact. The real war is yet to come and that won't be any laughing matter.

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    Easterner

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • The Ukip mask is beginning to slip after various polls into the beliefs of both their elected councillors,81% of whom,according to a BBC poll,are climate change deniers.The 1,000s of green jobs in alternative technologies would be lost with Ukip in charge,which would be very bad news indeed for the coastal economies,such as Great Yarmouth,where such green economic growth is desperately needed.This male,pale and stale party would take us in precisely the wrong direction.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • the labour party logo reads . The party of the people Just not the british people

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    Billy Smith

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • It's good to see local politics can still triumph over scaremongering

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    JO

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • ingo wagenknecht - he is a Parish Councillor too! Mr Jermy constantly bemoans anything and everything Breckland Council does to gain favour with the public but omits to tell them that he is part of BC. I pity the people of Thetford because Mr Jermy will not do what is best for the town unless it is what is best for Mr Jermy. He has his sights on bigger things and I expect him to me a parliamentary candidate in 2015.

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    Lord Ticklebum

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • this guy local councilor is slowly destroying our local community, HE WAS ASKING LOCAL FOREIGN PEOPLE TO VOTE AGAINST UKIP, OBVIOUSLY GREAT REWARDS FOR THAT, local people are devasted he is openly biased towards local feeling, all for a couple of hundred pounds a month allowance, and will go down as THE COUNCILOR WHO SOLD US OUT, shameful.

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    123dilllon

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • UKIP and their one trick pony party are busy going nowhere.

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    Ivor Nardonne

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Some fascinating comments as ever, and some slightly bizarre (as ever). In response to Ingos comments - I'm very conscious of my '3 hats' status now, and although not a single person raised it on the doorstep, I am aware that political folk have commented. Residents want somebody that will represent them and get things done - being on all 3 Councils will give me ultimate opportunity to make progress and achieve results, and that's what I should like to be judged on. Please feel free to compare my attendance rates at any of the Councils that I am on with any of my colleagues on any of those Councils, and I think you will hopefully find that I am going to be putting in the effort - my contributions and efforts will be available on my blog, should you care to visit it; www.jermysjournal.blogspot.com

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    TJUK2011

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • Not one person has spotted the real reason for the Labour win. Last time, the Liberals and Christian People's Alliance stood. Both are Left-leaning. Neither stood this time, their votes obviously largely going going to Labour. The UKIP vote actually rose 3%. So, whether readers like it or not, UKIP is still going very strong indeed.

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    The man on the Clapham Omnibus

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Is this the man to defrock Nobbs?

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    arrowhead

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • As for Byles report on the last Chief Executive of the Council Ingo. The chances of him actually coming up with anything sensible was remote indeed. In fact the whole thing was a Whitewash. I have read his report in full and it makes sad reading for democrats all over Norfolk.

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    alecto

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • I congratulate Terry Jermy, he has certainly been outspoken in the past and stood up for the good of the people, a quality shared with his fellow Labour Councillor, Alex Kemp. Let us hope he does not allow the leader of his party to pull the wool over his eyes. Since becoming Leader of the Council George Nobbs has shown his allegiance to be with NCC officials and against the interests of the people of Norfolk. Sort this mess out Terry - please!

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    Honest John

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Ha ha ..... goodbye UKIP..... on the slide so soon!!!!!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • That must be the electoral tsunami those UKIP supporters keep talking about! And they have the audacity to blame the EU and migrants for their loss!

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    JO

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • why are we diverted to comment on just another party political cut up? what of the story about the imaculate conception of Wizzer David White, ex chief exec. of NCC and NORSE ceo, who got glad handed from our council taxes? NCC has asked another ex chief exec. Tim Byles to look into the undeserved monies and he did saw nothing in David White's said in Dec. 2012 that he will leave in April 2013, he was not made redundant. As for asking a chief exec to judge another is like putting a vampire in charge of blood reserves.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Congrats to Terry Jermy but lets hope he stands up for the people of Thetford and doesn't roll over and become a Tory lackey like his leader the awful Nobbs. The next few months will tell and you can always vote him off the District Council if he proves to be a Tory in disguise at County.

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    alecto

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • Certainly a dirty campaign. Well done UKIP your votes were increased even though Labour put lots of time and money into their campaign.

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    sharky

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • what people dont realise is that the real truth of what labour has done to this country is still hidden by the massive borrowing by the coalition are doing to carry on with the same spending plans as the last labour goverment. Soon the money printing and borrowing will stop and the true picture will show itself of what state the economy is in.

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    Billy Smith

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • This is all very good but immigration has nothing to do with county councillors, just highways and local services. So more people voting on a national issue which county councillors cannot do anything about - I do hope this does not come back to haunt them!

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    outspoken

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • I suppose we should at least thank UKIP for speaking the unspeakable, rather than waiting for somebody else to do the dirty work. Personally, I would deport a few hundred thousand of our indigenous wasters and replace them with industrious east Europeans.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • All the really important stuff is happening at Anmer Hall.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Congrats on your chickens alecto, at least they will perform unlike our highly paid officers who seem to make it their business to shield large multinationals as they go about fleecing the taxpayer with their dirty technology that does not stand up anywhere else. heard the one about the Claremont mass burner. Hurray we have another twin hatter in Jermy, I'm surprised that he's not a parish councillor as well. Is it that payment for parish councillors is not heard of?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

  • This was a local election, I don't think UKIP can be discounted at a National level yet! Thetford people wanted a committed local man - irrespective of his politics - with a proven track record to represent them and they have voted him in.

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    caroline jacobs

    Friday, August 2, 2013

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