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Blur drummer Dave Rowntree vows to turn street lights in Norwich back on after council election victory

PUBLISHED: 16:49 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:49 05 May 2017

Dave Rowntree, Labour candidate for University. Pic: Labour Party.

Dave Rowntree, Labour candidate for University. Pic: Labour Party.

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Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has said his election to University division in Norwich is “humbling” and vowed to get the street lights turned back on.

Mr Rowntree, standing as a Labour candidate in the division for the Norfolk County Council elections, won a majority of 843 above his closest challenger, Conservative Gary Walsh.

Speaking after his victory, Mr Rowntree said: ”I stood on the strength of trying to get the street lights turned back on. They have turned the street lights off across the city, especially in the University ward where a lot of students live and a lot of people who work in the hospital live.
“I think it is ridiculous to turn the street lights off - it is unsafe and it doesn’t save money.”

Mr Rowntree won 1,173 votes of the 1,997 cast, with a turnout of 36.8pc for the election. Mr Walsh gained 330 votes. Green candidate Lewis Martin got 257, Rob Lowe of UKIP, 109, and Lib Dem Toby Bennett 126.


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