The Conservatives have successfully defended their seat in the Queens ward of Attleborough after winning a by-election by just 35 votes.

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Attleborough Town Councillor and former mayor Karen Pettitt received 489 votes in the Breckland Council election that was held yesterday with Labour candidate John Williams getting 454 votes.

The turnout for the by-election was 16.8pc.

The election was called after Conservative councillor Simon Rogers, who was elected unopposed last year, resigned after moving to Cornwall.

Mrs Pettitt, the new Conservative district councillor, is a trustee of Connaught Hall and a governor of the town’s high school.

The Conservatives will defend two further seats on Breckland Council in by-elections in Mid Forest and Harling and Heathlands on Thursday, July 26.

Conservative Mike Nairn and Labour Alexander Vyse will contest the Mid Forest ward following the resignation of Bernard English due to ill health.

There will be a four-way fight to replace Kay Fisher, who resigned as Harling and Heathlands councillor to avoid a conflict of interest, with Marion Chapman-Allen standing for the Tories, Denis Crawford for the UK Independence Party, Steve Gordon for the Liberal Democrats and Stephen Green for Labour.

6 comments

  • Having read the Labour campaign leaflet that came through my door I was put off voting, the number of errors in the document was breathtaking. They got the voting date wrong (17th), the petition website was incorrect twice for different reasons plus other typo and grammar errors. I understand the Group Leader (Mr Terry Jermy) was reasonable for the leaflet (who also appeared in the literature as much as the candidate himself!). If they can't be trust to put together a simple thing like a campaign leaflet, how can they be trusted with representing me on more important matters! What a joke.

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    MrMingMong

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • That means 83.2% eligible to vote didn't. Local democracy is dying through apathy.

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    bedoomed

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Good point bedoomed, not that this will stop the Tory's feeling all prim and proper, never mind having no mandate from the majority. They would feel elected if only five people voted. Its time we send party politics back to the drawing board and vote for local Independent candidates, this shambles can't persist.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Cllr Jermy, I do feel honoured that you have replied to my comment, I now have a warm fuzzy feeling inside. However, you did go and spoil it by telling me the questions I should be asking and here lies the problem with local councillors. Stop telling the electorate what to think and start listening (not picking on your specifically but all councillors). I thought I raised a valid point by highlighting that the Labour leaflet had errors contained, not minor ones but big ones, and if a local branch cannot get its promotional material in order I cannot be confident that they can be trusted with my vote. Hence you lost my vote on this alone. As Mr Williams lost by 35 votes I wonder how many other people felt the same and therefore cost him a victory? PS. I'm not a closet Tory as you state on your twitter account, just because someone disagrees with you doesn't automatically make them a Tory or wrong.

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    MrMingMong

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Thank-you MrMingMong for pointing out some of my many flaws! This is the second EDP thread where you have felt the need to criticise me (the other being the CCTV thread) - I'm guessing you're not normally a Labour voter? As Agent, I do of course take full responsibility for the leaflet, and the date was wrong in one place (correctly stated as 19th July in 3 locations on the leaflet, thankfully the prominent locations!). As your comment highlights, typos can occur ;) As for the leaflet featuring me, I am the Labour Group leader and have a certain level of 'profile' from that and wanted to endorse John as our candidate, perhaps the question you should be asking is why did the Tory leaflet not feature the Breckland Conservative leader, or indeed any of the numerous Breckland Tory Councillors?

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    CllrTerryJermy

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • I understand Mr Terry Jermy is very 'reasonable' ;)

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    sidney

    Friday, July 20, 2012

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