Local Election 2017: Lib Dems cling on against Tory “tide” in Broadland
PUBLISHED: 16:08 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:08 05 May 2017
Former deputy leader of Norfolk County Council Dan Roper clung on to a slim majority to retain his seat in the local elections as his party lost control of Reepham amid a Conservative surge.
The balance of power changed little across Broadland, which has only returned Conservative or Lib Dem councillors since 2009.
Mr Roper increased his majority by 69 to 1,297 votes, beating Shaun Vincent for the Conservatives, who gained 1,068. He said he was “delighted” at the result.
“There is a Conservative tide at the moment because of the national position,” he said. “Lib Dem councillors are working hard for their communities and getting re-elected.
“For my area it is about securing vital highways improvements and improving safety on Cromer Road, as well as resolving the North Walsham Road junction in Spixworth.”
In general it was a successful day for the Conservatives, with Greg Peck taking the Reepham seat from the Lib Dems, vacated by James Joyce. Mr Peck’s 1,231 votes was unchallenged by the Lib Dems new candidate Stuart Beadle, on 783 votes.
A familiar battle between Tom Garrod for the Conservatives and Stephen Heard, chairman of the Stop Norwich Urbanisation (SNUB) campaign returned in Wroxham. At the last election Mr Heard ran Mr Garrod close as an independent, but standing for the Lib Dems he could only manage 588 votes, compared to Mr Garrod’s 1,744.
After his victory the Wroxham county councillor said “every vote counts” and thanked his team. “The main issues for me is local government reorganisation over the next four years,” he said. “We have to look at the way services are delivered and try to keep council tax as low as possible.”
After all results were in Broadland sent 11 Conservative councillors to County Hall, and the Lib Dems sent two. Turnout was up a couple of percentage points on last election at 35.71pc.
Full results for Broadland
ACLE CONS HOLD.
Michael BLAKE (LD) 249 Brian ILES (C) 1,343 David MORELAND (UKIP) 219 Thomas REDNALL (L) 756. Turnout 37.8pc. Majority 587.
WROXHAM CONS HOLD.
Nick BALL (G) 162 Tom GARROD (C) 1,744 Stephen HEARD (LD) 588 Christine HEMMINGWAY (L) 315 Adrian WYMER (UKIP) 148. Turnout 36.7pc. Majority 1,156.
THORPE ST ANDREW CONS HOLD.
Dariush FASSIHI (L) 645 Ian MACKIE (C) 1,799 Phyllida SCRIVENS (LD) 404. Turnout 36.46pc. Majority 1,154.
REEPHAM CONS GAIN.
Stuart BEADLE (LD) 783 Paul BROCK (UKIP) 158 Ruth GOODALL (L) 611 Greg PECK (1,231). Turnout 41.5pc. Majority 448.
SPROWSTON CONS HOLD.
Martin CALLAM (LD) 258 Bill COUZENS (L) 920 John GILSON (UKIP) 243 John WARD (C) 1,659. Turnout 32.93pc. Majority 739.
BLOFIELD AND BRUNDALL CONS HOLD.
Beth DAVIS (G) 167 Armin HESS (UKIP) 154 Eleanor MASON (LD) 284 Alan PAWSEY (L) 479 Andrew Proctor (C) 1,818. Turnout 38.59pc. Majority 1,339.
HEVINGHAM & SPIXWORTH LIB DEM HOLD.
Nancy GARDINER (UKIP) 164 Dan ROPER (LD) 1,297 Shaun VINCENT (C) 1,068 Philip WILLIAMS (L) 221. Turnout 37.4pc. Majority 229.
HELLESDON CONS HOLD.
David BRITCHER (LD) 374 Shelagh GURNEY (C) 1,683 Annie THOMPSON (L) 681. Turnout 31.55pc. Majority 1,002.
OLD CATTON CONS HOLD.
Nesar AHMED (L) 418 Jacky HOWE (LD) 310 Karen VINCENT (C) 1,356. Turnout 31.76pc. Majority 938.
AYLSHAM LIB DEM HOLD
Simon COURT (L) 389 Trevor GARDINER (UKIP) 143 David HARRISON (LD) 1,358 Hal TURKMEN (C) 1,221. Turnout 39.73pc. Majority 137.
DRAYTON & HORSFORD CONS HOLD.
Tony ADAMS 1,452 Tony HEMMINGWAY (L) 352 Peter SERGEANT (LD) 486. Turnout 28.21pc. Majority 966.
TAVERHAM CONS HOLD.
Stuart CLANCY (C) 1,751 Charles ISON (LD) 285 Ian KELLY (UKIP) 158 Trevor Turk (L) 428. Turnout 34pc. Majority 1,323.
WOODSIDE CONS HOLD.
John FISHER (C) 1,494 Natasha HARPLEY (L) 802 Dave THOMAS (LD) 232 Ean NEWBERRY (UKIP) 174. Turnout 39.15pc. Majority 692.
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