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Breeze sweeps to victory in Powys by-election

Created on 16/12/2016 @ 00:05
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Independent candidate Graham Breeze swept to victory in Thursday's by-election for the vacant Welshpool seat on Powys County Council.

Breeze, who already represents the Llanerchyddol Ward on Welshpool Town Council, won a three cornered fight for the vacant seat caused by the death of Councillor Ann Holloway, polling almost as many votes as Liberal and Conservative candidates put together.

Breeze polled 323 votes with Liberal Democrat candidate Richard Church tailing behind with 212 and Conservative Ruth Canning picking up only 126 votes in a 38% turnout.

Speaking after the announcement of the result by Deputy Returning Officer Sandra Matthews Councillor Breeze said he was delighted to have fulfilled the wish of the late Councillor Holloway in winning her seat.

“Councillor Holloway encouraged me to stand for Welshpool Town Council and with her health failing persuaded me to stand for her seat on Powys County Council,” said Councillor Breeze. “She would have been watching over today’s events I am sure.

“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and promise to do my best to return that faith by representing the Llanerchyddol Ward and the town of Welshpool to the best of my ability.

“Rival candidates received massive support from the big names in their parties but I think voters have sent a message to the politicians with this result.”





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