Ian Brownbill, Liberal Democrat, wins Exmouth Town Ward by-election
By ExmouthPeople | Friday, March 15, 2013, 07:45
IAN BROWNBILL, the Liberal Democrat candidate, has won the Exmouth Town Ward by-election...
The Exmouth Town Ward by-election results have been announced. Ian Brownbill (Liberal Democrat) won the vacant Exmouth Town Council seat
The result, announced last night, means that the Town Council's current balance is maintained, with the Conservatives holding a narrow majority with 13 seats, the Liberal Democrats 11 seats and one independent.
The Town Ward by-election was called after Liberal Democrat Councillor Will McConnell stood down. Ian Brownbill (Liberal Democrat) gained 238 votes, ahead of David Gwilliam (Labour, 176 votes), Colin Rogers (Conservative, 131 votes) and Tim Cope (Independent, 111 votes). Two ballot papers were rejected due to "being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty". The turnout was 14.1% with 658 ballot papers being issued.
After the results were announced, Mark Williams, the Returning Officer, declared that Ian Brownbill had been elected for the Exmouth Town Ward.
Ian is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, working in Exeter. Born in Newton Abbot, he has lived in Exmouth for the past nine years. The Liberal Democrats say that "It is hoped that Ian will join the Town Council's Planning Committe, where his professional experience will be invaluable."