Labour has regained its position as the opposition party on Breckland Council after winning a by-election in Thetford.

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Brenda Canham topped the poll in the Abbey ward with 334 votes and beat the Conservative candidate Roy Brame (128 votes) in to second place.

Denis Crawford (UKIP) was third with 117 votes and Liberal Democrat Mike Brindle trailed in fourth with 99 votes.

Turnout was only 16,8pc with just 678 of the 4065 electorate voting.

Mrs Canham is the fourth Labour member on Breckland and so the party is reinstated as the opposition.

There are now three independents and 47 Conservatives.

The by-election was called after former councillor Pauline Quadling stepped down due to work commitments and ill-health.

In a by-election in the same ward for Thetford Town Council - also following Mrs Quadling’s resignation - Mike Brindle (independent) won with 291 votes. Peter Georgiou (UKIP) was second with 183 and Roy Brame (Con) polled 162. Turnout was 16.4pc.

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  • Surely you meant to say 'awfully apt comment', from a failing party, just as the Conservatives and their coalition Partners. It is Labour and the Conservatives that have managed this country and have taken voters mandates for a ride. So its best you address your failings in attracting interest in voters. Sure, not all know or want a proportional electoral system, but they are truly fed up with all politicians due to party politics, thank you. Why do you think they are fed up with the false promises they get from political parties only interested in preserving the status quo? Its all the voters fault you tell us next. Double Bill, Did you not stand as an Independent locally? If you want Independents to stand, see that you select some, don't sit idly by for others to put it on your plate.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • We need new blood in Thetford, not the recycled variety. That is why nothing ever gets done

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    Jacob Burns

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • This should heed a warning to all those standing in the future. The biggest stumbling block is public apathy brought about by years of not being listened to, people elected on promises they do not keep, and remaining silent over issues they should speak up about on behalf of their electorate. The people of Norfolk need to start speaking out and demanding more from their silent, party-towing councillors, rather than apathetically and defeatedly sitting at home complaining. Nothing will change until they do so themselves.

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    Honest John

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Ingo - sorry, I couldn't let such an awful comment like that pass without a reply. Yes, the turnout was bad. This ward had the lowest turnout out of all Breckland seats last time, and therefore I knew that turnout would not be amazing. This is a ward, indeed a town, with a long history of broken promises, and poor representation. Myself and Brenda Canham knocked on hundreds of doors throughout this campaign and worked as hard as possible, this is a victory that she earned and you cannot take that away from her. It is clear that much work still needs to be done to engage the public once more, and I will continue to work at that. But for you to call it a paltry result, from a failing political party, is frankly rude and insulting. Jacob - new blood? Brenda has never been on the District Council, so she could be regarded as new blood. Do you actually know any of your local councillors? as you have often commented on the need to get rid of all Thetford councillors and start again. Please do start to attend Council meetings (both Thetford Town and Breckland) so that your comments can be based on sound research and understanding. Honest John - I agree with much of what you say. The turnout here, and previously at Attleborough, and indeed the other two by-elections where turnout has not been getting over 27%, should be worrying. There is a role for councillors in engaging people, which is not easy ! I've spent my life working to improve Thetford and to deal with some of the abuse that you have to deal with when knocking on doors is frankly soul destroying, but it has to be done. But there is also a role for the public at large - sit up and take notice, ask questions and get involved!

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    CllrTerryJermy

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • No wonder outsiders think we Norfolk folk are not so bright.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • I have to agree with Terry Jermy and congratulate him for what he has been doing in Thetford. I wish I had a local councillor with the same genuine care, concern and enthusiasm that he has, and would vote for such a person regardless of their party, or perhaps more fittingly, in spite of their party. No national political party has any credibility, and no one can pretend otherwise, but there are good and genuine individuals out there, who are willing to work hard in the interests of their local people, and they are the ones who would get my vote every time. Winning is only the first step, taking inspired action once elected will hopefully serve as a good example for future candidates in the area. It’s easy for people to stand back and judge from figures, but they give no indication of all the hard work that goes into getting the votes. This was an important win for Labour in Thetford, putting them back as the opposition party, which I believe Terry Jermy as Leader deserves, and Brenda Canham must take full credit for her very decisive win to secure that. Congratulations

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    Honest John

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • what happened to the much trumpeted independents didnt they bother ?

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    Double Bill

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Ingo - sorry, I couldn't let such an awful comment like that pass without a reply. Yes, the turnout was bad. This ward had the lowest turnout out of all Breckland seats last time, and therefore I knew that turnout would not be amazing. This is a ward, indeed a town, with a long history of broken promises, and poor representation. Myself and Brenda Canham knocked on hundreds of doors throughout this campaign and worked as hard as possible, this is a victory that she earned and you cannot take that away from her. It is clear that much work still needs to be done to engage the public once more, and I will continue to work at that. But for you to call it a paltry result, from a failing political party, is frankly rude and insulting. Jacob - new blood? Brenda has never been on the District Council, so she could be regarded as new blood. Do you actually know any of your local councillors? as you have often commented on the need to get rid of all Thetford councillors and start again. Please do start to attend Council meetings (both Thetford Town and Breckland) so that your comments can be based on sound research and understanding. Honest John - I agree with much of what you say. The turnout here, and previously at Attleborough, and indeed the other two by-elections where turnout has not been getting over 27%, should be worrying. There is a role for councillors in engaging people, which is not easy ! I've spent my life working to improve Thetford and to deal with some of the abuse that you have to deal with when knocking on doors is frankly soul destroying, but it has to be done. But there is also a role for the public at large - sit up and take notice, ask questions and get involved!

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    CllrTerryJermy

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • We need new blood in Thetford, not the recycled variety. That is why nothing ever gets done

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    Jacob Burns

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Oyee oyeee, 84% of the electorate did not bother to vote, should have been the alarming headline, that's the real story, not this paltry result by a failing political party.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, September 14, 2012

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