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GREENS IN SHOCK WARD BY-ELECTION WIN

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Chris Hull of the Green Party yesterday won a seat on Norfolk CC....
Chris Hull of the Green Party yesterday won a seat on Norfolk CC.

With a 15% swing against the sitting Liberal Democrats, Mr Hull took the Town Close ward with a majority of 193 votes.

The Greens now have a group (defined as two or more councillors from the same party) on Norfolk CC.

A Green Party spokesman said:

'This magnificent by-election result will give our councillors the chance they need to press much harder to achieve Green goals such as more nutritious organic food for Norfolk schoolkids; more money across Norfolk for pedestrian-safety-schemes; and ethical investment for the county's own money.'

Results

Green Party 1,151 votes (36%) Up 18% from last year

Liberal Democrats 958 votes (30%) Down 12% from last year

Labour 606 votes (19%) Down 1% from last year

Conservatives 470 votes (15% and 4th place) Down 5% from last year

The total electorate of Town Close is 7,811, and the turnout was 41%

The composition of Norfolk CC is now:

Conservatives: 46

Labour: 22

Lib Dem: 14

Green: 2

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