June 5, 2009
sweep to victory in Burnham-On-Sea
county council elections
Party candidates in the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating today
(Friday June 5th) after winning all four county council seats
in the area.
Burridge-Clayton (pictured) won the Burnham North seat, while
John Woodman clinched Highbridge and Burnham South, Mark Healey
won the Huntspill ward and Alan Ham won in Brent. Click
here for the full results.
was a bad day for local Liberal Democrats, who were confident
of securing at least one or more seats in the Burnham area.
Highbridge, Lib Dem Rosemary Parsons had hoped to retain her seat
- but in fact she lost by 270 votes to John Woodman. And Sedgemoor's
Lib Dem leader Joe Leach also failed to win in Huntspill.
across the area was reasonably high, with a 48 per cent turnout
in Burnham North, 47 per cent in Huntspill, and 46 per cent in
Brent. However, fewer people in Highbridge and Burnham South voted,
where turnout was 39 per cent.
Woodman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am delighted an honoured
to be voted in. I have heard a clear message on the doorsteps
about how voters are feeling - they feel let down and disappointed
by politics. I also pay tribute to Rosemary Parsons who has served
Burnham and Highbridge so well over three terms and she ran an
honest and straight campaign. She leaves office with her head
Clayton added: "I am delighted to have been elected and I
would like to thank everybody that voted for me. Mike Mansfield
put up a tremendous fight and a fair one too. It is a shame one
of us had to lose. I would like to thank him and every candidate
from all parties who put themselves forward to serve our community.
We have all experienced tough times politically. I will endeavour
to work on my election pledges and I am looking forward to working
with my colleagues at County Hall."
results mean the balance of power across the county has swung
from Liberal Democrats to Conservatives.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was happy with my campaign, it
was a strong one, and I enjoyed meeting many people, so am disappointed
not to have won. I wish Mark Healey all the best and hope he serves
this area well."
are (top) Peter Burridge-Clayton with (beneath) Mark Healey
Election 2009 guide