Labour claim victory in Winwick by election - but less than 10 per cent of electorate bothered to vote

Houghton Green resident Clr Mike Matthews with Clr Chris Vobe

Houghton Green resident Clr Mike Matthews with Clr Chris Vobe

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LABOUR was victorious at last night’s Winwick Parish Council by election when Mike Matthews surged to victory,

Houghton Green resident Clr Matthews claimed a comfortable victory over UKIP’s Andrew Fairfoull with 118 to 66, respectively.

But less than 10 per cent of residents bothered to vote.

Clr Matthews, who will take up his seat on the Houghton ward immediately,  has since vowed to make the parish council more open and transparent.

He said: “I am delighted to take my seat on Winwick Parish Council. I live in Houghton Green and know that many residents are concerned that the decisions taken by the Independent members of the parish council are not in the best interests of local people.

“It says all residents need to know that this is the second time Winwick has had to foot the bill for a by-election because Independent councillors failed to even show up to meetings.

“We deserve better, and I am committed to bringing a fresh perspective and a new broom to the parish council table.”

Speaking on behalf of Warrington North Labour Party, Clr Steve Roberts (Poplars and Hulme -LAB) said: “I am delighted to welcome Mike to our hard-working team in Poplars and Hulme.

“Labour has delivered for people here, by protecting Peel Hall, improving our environment, and striving to deliver the best possible council services.

“I know Mike will represent people extremely well on the parish council and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Turnout for the by election was a low with only around nine percent of residents voting

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11:18am Fri 11 Apr 14

WInwick Pig says...

To be honest I didn't even know there was a by-election on!

Shame on me for not paying attention. Mind you I didnt see much campaigning??

Maybe I missed that too?

Oink :@)
To be honest I didn't even know there was a by-election on! Shame on me for not paying attention. Mind you I didnt see much campaigning?? Maybe I missed that too? Oink :@) WInwick Pig
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11:25am Fri 11 Apr 14

Nick Tessla says...

Judging by his twitter account, the UKIP candidate regards getting his a*** kicked as some sort of victory - may Nigel Fartrage's army continue to have such "victories".


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Judging by his twitter account, the UKIP candidate regards getting his a*** kicked as some sort of victory - may Nigel Fartrage's army continue to have such "victories". :-) Nick Tessla
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2:52pm Fri 11 Apr 14

hillbilly 73 says...

WInwick Pig wrote:
To be honest I didn't even know there was a by-election on!

Shame on me for not paying attention. Mind you I didnt see much campaigning??

Maybe I missed that too?

Oink :@)
I didn't know, and I live in orford but come under Winwick Parish Council, who would of guessed
[quote][p][bold]WInwick Pig[/bold] wrote: To be honest I didn't even know there was a by-election on! Shame on me for not paying attention. Mind you I didnt see much campaigning?? Maybe I missed that too? Oink :@)[/p][/quote]I didn't know, and I live in orford but come under Winwick Parish Council, who would of guessed hillbilly 73
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11:11am Sat 12 Apr 14

gazhopley says...

I don't think 90% simply forgot to vote. Its a clear sign the people just don't believe our system of politics work anymore, we live in a country that has evolved beyond recognition in just the last 50yrs, yet our system of government has failed to evolve with it and is still pretty much the same as it was in the 18th century. I think the silence from the voters speaks volumes.
I don't think 90% simply forgot to vote. Its a clear sign the people just don't believe our system of politics work anymore, we live in a country that has evolved beyond recognition in just the last 50yrs, yet our system of government has failed to evolve with it and is still pretty much the same as it was in the 18th century. I think the silence from the voters speaks volumes. gazhopley
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