Independents win six out of nine seats in first St Peter's Parish Council elections

May 13 2019
Independents win six out of nine seats in first St Peter's Parish Council elections

Independents have taken six of the nine seats available in the first elections in the 25-year history of St Peter’s Parish Council.

UKIP had fielded nine candidates in the hope of securing a clean sweep of the seats but saw three members elected.

The council’s outgoing chairman, Alan Tidy, was elected, as were other serving councillors Roger Knight, Mike Johnson, John Kemp and Alan Tucker.

Independent Paul Walters was also elected.

The UKIP candidates elected were Dave Carney, Hazel Finch and Linda Murray.

There was a 35.27 per cent turnout of voters from the electorate of 4,505.

Votes cast were:

John Beacham, UKIP, 197; Dave Carney, UKIP, 201; Phil Clarke, UKIP, 200; Owen Cleary, UKIP, 184; Hazel Finch, UKIP, 249; Tim Hopkins, UKIP, 192; Mark Hulme, UKIP, 188; Ken Humphries, UKIP, 181; Mike Johnson, Independent, 606; John Kemp, Independent, 609; Roger Knight, Independent, 1,279; Linda Murray, UKIP, 258; Alan Tidy, Independent, 761; Alan Tucker, Independent, 620; Paul Walters, Independent, 761.