Op­po­nents pos­i­tive de­spite los­ing out

Macclesfield Express - - ELECTIONS ROUND-UP -

THERE were mixed re­sults for David Rut­ley’s Gen­eral Elec­tion op­po­nents.

Labour’s Tim Roca won 11,252 votes and moved his party into sec­ond place, af­ter its third place in 2010.

He said: “It was a priv­i­lege to stand in the area I grew up in.

“I’m proud of the pos­i­tive cam­paign we ran and de­lighted Labour in­creased its vote, to be­come the clear al­ter­na­tive to the Con­ser­va­tives.”

It was a good night for UKIP, with an in­crease from 1,418 votes in 2010, mov­ing into third place this year with 6,037 votes for Adrian Howard.

Green Party can­di­date Joan Plimmer also en­joyed an in­crease in votes for her party.

The Greens had 840 votes in 2010 but this time around won 2,404.

Joan said party membership in Macclesfield has in­creased in line with the na­tional surge.

It was a bad night for the Lib­eral Democrats, with can­di­date Neil Chris­tian in fourth place with 3,842 votes, slip­ping from the party’s sec­ond place with 11,544 votes in 2010.

Mr Chris­tian said: “The Macclesfield Lib Dem re­sult was roughly in line with the na­tional av­er­age.

“Lib­er­al­ism and So­cial Democ­racy is still alive and I’ll con­tinue to fight for those val­ues.”

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