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Lib Dems hold Berrylands as voters keep faith in ruling party

By Jon Sharman

12:30am Friday 1st March 2013

Lib Dems hold Berrylands as voters keep faith in ruling party

The Liberal Democrats held Berrylands last night as voters opted to keep faith in the borough's ruling party.

Victorious candidate Sushila Abraham won by 187 votes.

She said: "The campaign was fantastic and the response we had from the residents was fantastic.

"I'm absolutely excited about the whole thing, that the Berrylands people have faith in us. I think they trusted in me to do the job."

Conservative candidate Mike Head said: "It's a big disappointment to be honest. I think UKIP have had a much bigger share than normal which might be something we need to take into account.

"I'm hoping to fight this ward next time around. I would like to stand again because it's my passionate patch."

Labour's Tony Banks said: "I'm pleased in a way in that we have doubled our share of the vote and we can't quibble with that in a ward really where historically we have done nothing."

The by-election was triggered by the death of sitting Liberal Democrat councillor Frances Moseley.

The make-up of Kingston Council is unchanged by the result with 26 Liberal Democrats allowing them to run the council, 21 Conservatives and one independent - Tim Dennen - who left the Liberal Democrats in April last year after coming under investigation for alleged benefit fraud.

Berrylands 2013 by-election results

Sushila Abraham Lib Dem 948

Mike Head Conservative 761

Tony Banks Lab 455 

Michael Watson UKIP 175

Ryan Coley Green 112

Turnout 34.46 percent

To see the results from 2010 click here 

Comments(7)

Comments(7)

SurbitonResident says...
7:01am Fri 1 Mar 13

The Tories were stupid. They put up as their agent the guy that was the lobbyist for the Filter Beds.

I know plenty of residents who didn't bother to vote because of this.

SidJames555 says...
8:37am Fri 1 Mar 13

A story on the Surrey Comet without from Alex_Surbiton and Beverley RA? Something must be up...

UKIP Surbiton says...
10:23am Fri 1 Mar 13

Congratulations to Mrs Abraham . Thanks to all that voted UKIP . I am surprised the Tories had their campaign managed by the same person that acted for the Developers on the Surbiton Filter beds . The Tory campaign had '' protect green spaces'' as part of its agenda . I don't see Hydro properties or CNM estates doing either in Surbiton .

Prince Philip of Greece says...
12:56pm Fri 1 Mar 13

How sad to think that Berrylands has 175 fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists who would vote for UKIP.

AlexKingston says...
2:13pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Bless you Sid, anyone would think you care about little old me.

Congratulations are due to my new local ward councillor though! I'm sure she'll do an excellent job of occupying the position. I shouldn't be too downbeat, there are I am sure, a great many worser councillors in Kingston to have represent me.

Agamemnon & Cassandra says...
4:06pm Fri 1 Mar 13

I think it is to the credit of all the parties that didn't win, that they have accepted their defeat in good spirit. The Lib Dems played a blinder and worked their hearts out, they deserved to win.

They also got Eastleigh as well, on the same day. The UKIP blip was a protest vote, but don't write them off just yet!

RMcGeddon says...
10:41pm Fri 1 Mar 13

More than 2,000 years ago, the historian Herodotus said, “All arrogance will reap a harvest rich in tears. God calls men to a heavy reckoning for over-weaning pride.”

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