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Totnes by-election, 2016

Liberal Democrats gain from Labour

A by-election was held for the Totnes ward of South Hams District Council on 27 July 2016 following the resignation of Labour Cllr David Horsburgh due to work and family commitments. Horsburgh had been the only Labour member of the council and Labour did not field a candidate to defend the seat, instead supporting the 18-year-old Independent candidate Alex Mockridge.

John Birch gained the seat for the Liberal Democrats.

A previous by-election for Totnes was held on 8 October 2015, covered here.

Result

Liberal Democrats
44.2%
Green
27.1%
Mockridge
21.3%
Conservative
7.4%

Party Candidate Votes % Change
Liberal Democrats John Birch 812 44.2% +27.3%
Green Alan White 499 27.1% -5.4%
Independent Alex Mockridge 391 21.3% n/a
Conservative Andrew Barrand 137 7.4% -9.3%
Turnout: 27.0% (-43.8%) - Majority: 313 (17.0%) - Swing: 16.4% Grn to LD


2015 Result (3 seats)

Green
32.5%
Labour
18.6%
Liberal Democrats
16.9%
Conservative
16.7%
UKIP
10.2%
TUSC
5.1%

Party Candidate Votes %
Green Robert Vint 2,215 32.5%
Green Barrie Wood 1,839
Labour David Horsburgh 1,265 18.6%
Liberal Democrats John Birch 1,150 16.9%
Conservative Ralph Clark 1,137 16.7%
Labour Tony Whitty 1,111
Labour Eleanor Cohen 928
Conservative Angela Shropshall-Clark 815
Conservative Michael Footitt 754
UKIP Alan Langmaid 693 10.2%
TUSC Alex Moore 349 5.1%
Turnout: 70.8% - Majority: split ward


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