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Ex-deputy mayor back in Swaffham town council following vote

By Lynn News Reporter

A new town councillor has been voted in by co-option following the resignation of Steve Allen in November regarding the money set aside for public events.

After two nominations were put forward to the town council to vote on at a meeting on Wednesday (December 12) evening, Stewart Bell was appointed to fill the vacancy.

Mr Bell has served the council already for two and a half years, and was deputy mayor for 2014-15 before he had to step down because of ill health.

Cllr Stewart Bell and Cllr Shirley Matthews
Cllr Stewart Bell and Cllr Shirley Matthews

As a result of his illness, Anne Thorp became mayor of the council instead for 2015.

After a signed secret ballot, Mr Bell was elected with a majority.

Mayor Colin Houghton said: “The process of getting Stewart into the council will take place as soon as possible.

“He is not able to be here at the meeting tonight because his mother has recently passed away and he was attending the funeral today.”

Mr Bell said in his written application to the council that he keeps up to date with what is going on within the town.

The other candidate was Ian Pilcher, who has lived in Swaffham for more than ten years.

Mr Pilcher was a businessman who worked for an international sports and marketing consultancy.

He also supported the development of the town’s neighbourhood plan.

Breckland councillor Ian Sherwood said: "We are delighted to have Stewart back as as a town councillor. We have a great team of Conservatives and working together, we can achieve so much more.

"We now have Ed Colman serving as our Norfolk County Councillor, three Conservative Breckland councillors and now seven Conservative town councillors.

"Town council is not about Party politics, but local residents often say to me we know some of the independent/non-aligned councillors support other parties but choose not to make that clear.

"Standing as Conservatives, we are open about our core political beliefs and people know what they are voting for.

"We do not have a group whip at town council level, but all Town, District and County Conservative councillors work together and support each other looking at policy that can achieve the most for local Swaffham residents."

Anyone interested in becoming a Conservative candidate for the May 2019 local elections should contact Ian Sherwood on 01760 721241 or email cllr.ian.sherwood@btinternet.com.

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