Lib Dem wins Hellingly by-election five months after losing seat

Photo David White with delighted colleagues. From left to right: Cllr Paul 'Holbrook, Cllr John Blake, Cllr David White and Cllr Frank Berry SUS-151030-140535001
Photo David White with delighted colleagues. From left to right: Cllr Paul 'Holbrook, Cllr John Blake, Cllr David White and Cllr Frank Berry SUS-151030-140535001
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A Lib Dem who lost his Hellingly seat on Wealden District Council five months ago regained it in a by-election held yesterday (Thursday October 29).

David White polled 875 votes, ahead of Conservative Alex Willis (222) and independent Paul Soane (154).

Wealden District Council

Wealden District Council

Mr White said: “This is a victory for local people who want their views heard. I am delighted at the outcome and that I will now be able to speak up at the District Council for local people who I will be representing again.

“The proposals by the Conservatives for development in this area are badly thought out and lack scrutiny which is hardly surprising when virtually all of the district council is made up of Conservatives.

“We all know locally that the Conservatives have a track record of failing to deliver the proper infrastructure to support development and I am sure that that and the development proposals weighed heavily on residents’ minds when they voted.

“This outcome is a message to both the Conservative-dominated district and Hailsham Town Councils – think again – and do not try to railroad these proposals through when they clearly do not have public support.”

Mr White finished third in May’s district coucil election behind two Conservatives, Paul Soane and Mark Pinkney, who were both elected to the Hellingly ward.

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