New councillor elected in Malvern

ELECTED: New Malvern Hills DIstrict Councillor, Chris O'Donnell.

ELECTED: New Malvern Hills DIstrict Councillor, Chris O'Donnell.

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THE votes have been counted and a new councillor has been elected to represent Malvern Wells on Malvern Hills DIstrict Council.

Conservative candidate Chris O'Donnell emerged has emerged victorious after people in Malvern Wells went to the polls yesterday.

She received 317 votes, beating Lib Dem Simon Gill (227 votes), UKIP's Richard Spencer (158 votes), Independent Louise Gibson (76 votes) and Labour's Christopher Burrows (71 votes).

Cllr O'Donnell, a retired teacher and a local businesswoman, has lived in Malvern Wells for more than 30 years and has been a parish councillor for six years.

Outlining her ambitions before the vote, she said: "I’m proud to have been involved in local projects including improvements to Assarts Play Park and the new Christmas tree for Fruitlands. I’ve also had the privilege of teaching children in Malvern Wells and watching them flourish. I intend to carry on this work at district and be a strong local voice for Malvern Wells."

The by-election was called to fill the seat left vacant following the death of Councillor Chris Cheeseman, who died after collapsing while speaking at a meeting in June.

Turnout was 31.48 per cent.

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5:20pm Fri 8 Aug 14

BadgerMash says...

Elected by less than 12% of the electorate? This is why local government in our area is so often the same old monkey business as usual.
Elected by less than 12% of the electorate? This is why local government in our area is so often the same old monkey business as usual. BadgerMash
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11:19am Sat 9 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Says a lot about Malvern even with the disgraceful treatment for Older peoples services by the CONservatives and LIB/LAB/TORY/Dems , and a high porportion of elderly living in Malvern, they still vot for them.
Says a lot about Malvern even with the disgraceful treatment for Older peoples services by the CONservatives and LIB/LAB/TORY/Dems , and a high porportion of elderly living in Malvern, they still vot for them. Jabbadad
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11:20am Sat 9 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

And vote for them.
And vote for them. Jabbadad
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9:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

redtail says...

well she got the vote ,,, you won't see here around again ,,, we want someone who gets out and ask's what we want ,,,mind you she came with a entourage canvassing for votes ,,, 6 of them one being harriet baldwin total waste ,,,,who ever voted for here ,,, thank you cos now its a certain rothwell rd will get the house they not want cos she is not going to say no to her boss mr cameron
well she got the vote ,,, you won't see here around again ,,, we want someone who gets out and ask's what we want ,,,mind you she came with a entourage canvassing for votes ,,, 6 of them one being harriet baldwin total waste ,,,,who ever voted for here ,,, thank you cos now its a certain rothwell rd will get the house they not want cos she is not going to say no to her boss mr cameron redtail
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12:21pm Sun 10 Aug 14

redtail says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Says a lot about Malvern even with the disgraceful treatment for Older peoples services by the CONservatives and LIB/LAB/TORY/Dems , and a high porportion of elderly living in Malvern, they still vot for them.
you missed ukip ????
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Says a lot about Malvern even with the disgraceful treatment for Older peoples services by the CONservatives and LIB/LAB/TORY/Dems , and a high porportion of elderly living in Malvern, they still vot for them.[/p][/quote]you missed ukip ???? redtail
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6:53pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Hwicce says...

It's odd how so many people complain about the electoral system when their side loses.

There's so much sour grapes they could open a vinegar factory.
It's odd how so many people complain about the electoral system when their side loses. There's so much sour grapes they could open a vinegar factory. Hwicce
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6:11pm Mon 11 Aug 14

BadgerMash says...

Hwicce wrote:
It's odd how so many people complain about the electoral system when their side loses.

There's so much sour grapes they could open a vinegar factory.
When a candidate gains office based on the support of barely one in ten of the electorate, it's fairly clear that the vast majority of people do not support any of the bickering "sides". Or perhaps there are only two sides: the Conservative/Lib-Dem
/New Labour/UKIP parties - and most of the unrepresented electorate.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: It's odd how so many people complain about the electoral system when their side loses. There's so much sour grapes they could open a vinegar factory.[/p][/quote]When a candidate gains office based on the support of barely one in ten of the electorate, it's fairly clear that the vast majority of people do not support any of the bickering "sides". Or perhaps there are only two sides: the Conservative/Lib-Dem /New Labour/UKIP parties - and most of the unrepresented electorate. BadgerMash
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8:48pm Mon 11 Aug 14

denon says...

We have had a referendum in this parliament and the electorate of the uk overwhelmingly expressed their support for first past the post in Parliamentary elections and I am sure if it had been linked with local government it would have been won as well.
We have had a referendum in this parliament and the electorate of the uk overwhelmingly expressed their support for first past the post in Parliamentary elections and I am sure if it had been linked with local government it would have been won as well. denon
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