Campaigner Claire Wright ousts council leader

Big turnout for rural seat on EDDC.

A CAMPAIGNER from West Hill scored a victory in today’s East Devon District Council (EDDC) elections for the Ottery St Mary Rural Ward- helping oust the authority’s leader.

Outgoing EDDC leader and Conservative candidate Sarah Randall Johnson (797 votes) this morning lost her seat.

Independent candidate Claire Wright, a leading figure in the Communities Before Developers protest group, netted 1,364 votes in the poll.

Conservative Tony Howard will also represent the ward after netting 822 votes.

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Labour’s Judith Blackwell (263 votes) missed out.

A huge 62.3per cent of Ottery St Mary Rural Ward, which includes West Hill and Tipton St John, turned out to vote.

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OTTERY TOWN: Giles and Cox retain seats

ROGER Giles scored a landslide victory as David Cox also held on to his seat in district council elections for the Ottery St Mary Town Ward.

Independent candidate Mr Giles gained a whopping 1,546 votes.

Conservative Mr Cox retained his seat with 628 votes.

Labour’s Andrew Blackwell missed out with 417 votes.

A turnout of 50.4per cent was recorded.

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