UKIP take third ward seat in Ramsey
HISTORY was made in Ramsey after Town Mayor Lisa Duffy made it three out of three seats for the UK Independence Party in the ward.
Ramsey Town Council hit the headlines last year by becoming the first Ukip-controlled authority, and Mrs Duffy has continued that success by gaining a place on Huntingdonshire District Council after Thursday’s election.
She won by a huge majority, polling 1,138 votes in the ward, previously held by the Conservatives, with Tory Brian Cunningham polling 565 votes and Labour’s Susan Coomey 167.
Elsewhere, there was a shock in Huntingdon North as Tory council chairman Jeff Dutton lost his seat to Labour’s Patrick Kadewere.
Liberal Democrat Michael Shellens held onto Huntingdon East by just 34 votes; while Con- servative Mark Oliver was successful in retaining the Yaxley and Farcet seat vacated by the departing John Watt.
In Sawtry, Independent Dick Tuplin kept his seat with a landslide, recording 818 more votes than his closest challenger.
Meanwhile in Warboys and Bury, the Conservatives gained a seat as John Pethard won with 612 votes, ahead of UKIP’S Michael Tew on 346.