Sunday, May 09, 2010


Lib Dems back in control of Winchester

Thursday's local elections saw Winchester Liberal Democrats gain 5 seats on the City Council, putting the party back in control after 4 years. Here in Oliver's Battery and Badger Farm Brian Collin did not seek re-election but his Lib Dem replacement, Lynda Banister, scored a stunning victory:

BANISTER Lynda Liberal Democrat 1615
Conservative 943
Labour 126
Turn out - 82.43% Liberal Democrat Hold

I look forward to working with Lynda on the City Council on behalf of the residents of Oliver's Battery and Badger Farm.

I am, however, deeply saddened by the loss of our parliamentary seat to the Tories. Martin Tod was a fantastic candidate and local campaigner who worked so hard for the people of this constituency. He would have been a worthy successor to Mark Oaten and a real asset in parliament. We won't take this defeat lying down. Winchester will be Liberal Democrat again, in parliament as well as in the Guildhall.

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