LIBERAL Democrats are celebrating after gaining a new seat on Stratford District Council.
The seat for Welford-on-Avon, which became vacant after the death of long-serving councillor Peter Barnes, was won last night by the LibDem candidate Manuela Perteghella. She took 43.6 per cent of the votes, beating second-place Tory candidate Richard Cox (29.9 per cent).
In a turnout of 32.1 per cent, Manuela Perteghella. won 472 votes against Mr Cox’s 323. Third placed was Independent candidate Neal Appleton (231 votes). Anthony Kent (Lab) received 41 votes and the Greens’ John Stott 15.
“I’m very excited and happy and this is a fantastic result – let’s get to work now. I want to thank the voters for their support and let them know we have a very positive future. We walked around the ward and talked to many people and we listened to their ideas and issues. We will now move towards making Welford an even better place to live and work,” Manuela Perteghella told the Herald.
Cllr Barnes had served continuously on Stratford District Council from 1990 until his death in January. The election of a new LibDem councillor means the district now has 19 Conservatives representatives, 12 LibDems, four Independents and one Green.
The electorate for the Welford-on-Avon ward is 3,377.
The current political make-up of the District Council’s 36 seats is now:
- Conservatives – 19 seats
- Liberal Democrats – 12 seats
- Independent – 4 seats
- Green – 1 seat