In Bridgwater, Labour held it’s 2 County seats in North and South against strong Tory challengers and increased it’s voter turnout in East and West. The Tory vote was helped by a transfer on mass to them by UKIP votes as no candidates from that party were on offer. Labour further maintained it’s 14.1.1 majority on Bridgwater Town Council with a victory by energetic candidate Tony Heywood in the Eastover By-Election.
The Eastover Town Council Result;-
Tony Heywood (Labour) 282
Pele Barnes (Conservative) 251
Anthony Nickolls (Lib Dem) 140
David Preece (Independent) 62
Bridgwater Labour fightsback
Town Council Leader Brian Smedley (Westover) said at the end of a long day “Bridgwater has bucked the trend across the county and rejected the Tory juggernaut. Not only have we kept our Town, District and County seats here we have demonstrated that there is no tactical advantage in voting for the Lib Dems who have clearly no influence in our town. The Tory landslide has reached it’s peak, Labour hasn’t been wiped out as predicted and people everywhere are realising that they need to stand up to the Tories or the consequences will be dire. The General election on June 8th is the chance to do that and in Bridgwater only a Labour vote can make that point.”