Councillor Terry Jermy has won his bid for a seat on Norfolk County Council after yesterday’s Thetford West by election.
The Labour candidate polled 1,071 votes, beating UKIP’s John Newton who received 900.
This puts labour back into place as the largest opposition party.
At May’s county council elections Cllr Jermy lost by one vote to UKIP’s Peter Georgiou who later stood down after revelations that he had been arrested for alleged shoplifting. That election put UKIP as the main oppposition party with 15 seats to conservatives 40. This has now been reversed.
Conservatives Tristan Ashby received 282 votes while Danny Jeffrey, Independant, received 78 and Sandra Walmsley, Green, 40.
The turnout was 24.64 per cent.
Cllr Jermy said: “ Mostly importantly we are going to represent the residents of Thetford and speak up on their behalf. Thetford is on the edge of Norwfolk and Breckland and can be overlooked when it comes to service provision.”
Cllr Jermy said that education had neem the main concern when he was campaigning and Norfolk needed to make sure provision was ‘up to scratch’.