Thursday’s Cornwall Council By Election in Gwinear, Gwithian & St Erth was a Conservative hold and will be the last by election before May 2013. The results were:
Conservative Lionel Pascoe 332
Independent Sheila Furneaux 167
Independent Michael Roberts 163
Lib Dem Yvonne Bates 121
Labour Malcolm Hurst 76
Mebyon Kernow John Gillingham 56
Independent Derek Elliott 24
In the 2009 all out elections Independent candidate Sheila Furneaux almost beat the Conservatives but she was the only Independent standing. The Conservative candidate, Ray Tovey polled 612 and Sheila 547. The Lib Dems were on 356 and Labour 90. This time the Indie vote was split between two candidates with the third being squeezed out. The turnout was lower and the vote split between 7 candidates rather than 4 but Labour’s vote was almost the same.
As with all by elections, there are probably quite a few interpretations of the results but I think Labour did well, being the only party that stood last time and increased its share of the vote from about 6 to 8%. MK and two of the Independents didn’t stand there in 2009, so anything more than 0 was going to be an increase for them.
I would have liked a better result but with May’s elections coming up fast, we had to ration resources in this seat – it was always going to be a difficult one for us – and the Conservatives/Independents were the ones battling it out. Malcolm Hurst was our candidate and he worked hard with the team leafleting and talking to people. He was a good candidate and I hope he stands again.
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