THE TORIES claimed another seat on Stratford District Council after their latest by-election victory in Southam.
With a turnout of just 22.5 per cent, Tony Bromwich won a total of 493 votes – beating off Labour candidate, Bransby Thomas and UKIP hope, Emily Bleloch, who secured 398 votes and 259 votes respectively.
The by-election followed the controversial resignation of former Independent councillor David Wise, who was convicted of ten offences relating to his Southam-based private hire business, Premier Cars.
But his resignation came too late for the consequent by-election to take place on the same day as the district council elections back in May.
Speaking about his victory, Mr Bromwich told The Observer: “Obviously I’m delighted and would like to thank all those who voted for me as well as my mum, dad, niece and everyone else who helped with my campaign.”
Mr Bromwich – a lifelong Southam resident – said he would now be looking to speak with residents and start tackling some of the town’s issues.
He added: “A lot of people said they voted for the person not for the party and for me as a councillor, it’s about being a visible presence in the town, becoming attached to the community and re-engaging people.
“It’s time to shake things up so I will working with my fellow Southam councillors over the coming months to make people realise they have an outlet for their issues and we will do our best to tackle them head on.”
The other two seats in Southam are currently held by Tories Andrew Crump and Jennie Ellard, who was successfully re-elected back in May.
The political make-up of the district council’s 53 seats is now: 36 Conservatives, 12 Liberal Democrats, two Independents, two Stratford First Independents, and one Labour representative.