LIBERAL Democrat Roger Harding has taken a seat on Stratford Town Council following a convincing win in the by-election for the Bishopton ward.
Coun Harding polled 419 votes, amounting to 50 per cent of the total, in the by-election on Thursday (June 9) – a win which he puts down to people’s disenchantment with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Conservative candidate received 261 votes (31 per cent) and Labour 161 votes (19 per cent). The turnout was 32.7 per cent.
Mr Harding told the Observer: “I’m grateful to everyone who supported me at this election and I look forward to doing my very best to represent the interests of Bishopton residents. It was hard-fought, with all three parties putting in considerable effort and resources.
“It was very clear on the doorstep that there is widespread disenchantment with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and a feeling that our district is not receiving a fair share of government support. The cost of living was regularly raised as well, with a lot of residents clearly worried.”
Mr Harding takes over Bishopton ward from fellow Lib Dem councillor Victoria Alcock, who resigned recently after holding the seat since 2010.