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Tories cling on to seat in Breckland Council by-election

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The Conservatives have retained a Breckland Council seat made vacant following the resignation of one of its members – but with a greatly reduced majority.

But just 22 votes separated the Tories from their closest rivals in the Hermitage ward, which includes the villages of Weasenham, Mileham and Colkirk.

The seat became vacant following the resignation of former councillor and cabinet member, Trevor Carter.

Ballot box (49711917)
Ballot box (49711917)

The Liberal Democrats, who had not previously contested the ward, received 40.9 per cent of the vote compared to the Conservative candidate Robert Hambidge’s 45 per cent.

But there was more for the Tories to cheer in North Norfolk, where a swing in the opposite direction saw 22-year-old Conservative Matthew Taylor capture one of the Stalham ward’s two councillor seats from the Lib Dems.

The Hermitage result (with changes compared to the 2019 council elections) was:

Robert Hambidge (Conservative): 243 votes; 45.0% (-26.3%)

James Ian Minto (Liberal Democrat): 221; 40.9% (+40.9%)

Paul Siegert (Labour): 66; 12.2% (-16.5%)

Graeme Briggs-White (Workers Party of Britain): 10; 1.9% (+1.9)

Total votes cast: 540. Rejected papers: 2. Turnout: 23.49 per cent.

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