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'It's down to me', says ex-West Norfolk Council deputy leader after election defeat



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The biggest shock of the West Norfolk election count came when a former deputy leader was beaten in the Brancaster ward.

But Alistair Beales refused to blame the national picture for his result, insisting he had to "take it on the chin" as the candidate.

The KL&WN Borough Council Election Count on Friday 3 May at Alive Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn..LtoR, Ian Sherwood and Alistair Beales. (9613712)
The KL&WN Borough Council Election Count on Friday 3 May at Alive Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn..LtoR, Ian Sherwood and Alistair Beales. (9613712)

He said: "I lost and I lost it as a candidate. Perhaps I didn't do enough, perhaps I didn't say the right things. There are national factors but it's down to me as a candidate."

Mr Beales' defeat brings to an end a 12 year stint on the borough council, which included spells as deputy leader to both Nick Daubney and Brian Long.

And he wished his opponent, independent Bob Lawton, well in his new role.

He said: "I hope he enjoys it as I've enjoyed it. It's an opportunity to do a lot, you can do a lot as a local councillor. I hope he takes the opportunity to do things. I'm sure he will."



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