Good win and well done for Jodi Hibert and Labour, last night in the Westgate-on-sea by election, obviously this will strengthen Labours grip on power, perhaps this might be a good thing for the council.
Well done to everyone who took part especially , Bill Furness, James Maskell and more importantly the voters who took the time to go and vote, scores (draft figures) were as follows (courtesy of James Maskell)
Hibbert [LAB] - 482
Maskell [CON] - 377
Ashbee [IND] - 316
Elenor [UKIP] - 298
Furness [LIB] - 64
Mendelsohn [IND] - 22
No doubt without, the intervention of UKIP, James Maskell would have romped home to win the seat but still without the negativity and bias of the press reporting the coalition government, Bill Furness a dedicated parish councillor (Birchington), would have scored far better.
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Still lets look on the bright side maybe, Cllr Clive Hart can afford to develop a bit of backbone in dealing with some of the wild eyed, uniquely special people, that frighten the more rational amongst us, who make up his rag bag coalition group, he even he could now show some principle in dealing with homophobic colleagues, instead of a token and shabby 1 month suspension, he could give dish out a proper penalty and show some moral authority like his counter part Cllr Bob Bayford.