Vic­tory for Tory McGa­han in elec­tion

Stockport Times West - - NEWS -

CON­SER­VA­TIVE John McGa­han has won the Bramhall South and Wood­ford coun­cil elec­tion.

The To­ries held onto their seat in the ward with 53.2 per cent of the vote (2,080) while Labour suf­fered a heavy de­feat with their can­di­date Kathryn Pri­estly re­ceiv­ing just 3.3 per cent of votes (132).

They were pushed into fourth place by the Green Party with the Lib Dems sec­ond, 578 votes be­hind the To­ries.

Turnout was 39.6 per cent in the elec­tion, trig­gered after Tory coun­cil­lor Anita John­son stepped down from Stock­port coun­cil in Oc­to­ber just three months after be­ing voted in.

She was elected in May after veteran Con­ser­va­tive Bryan Leck re­tired fol­low­ing four decades as a coun­cil­lor.

Ms John­son gave up her seat for ‘health rea­sons’.

It was a bad night for Labour as they re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cantly lower share of the votes than in May, when they polled nine per cent.

Lib Dem Jeremy Meal got 38.4 per cent (1,502) and the Greens’ David McDonough five per cent (197). UKIP, who bagged 13 per cent of the vote ear­lier this year, had not fielded a can­di­date.

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