Former mayor wins Lyme by-election

Stan Williams

Stan Williams - Credit: Archant

Stan Williams set to return to the council chamber after topping the poll

Former Lyme Regis Mayor Stan Williams is returning to the council chamber.

He topped the poll in yesterday’s (Thursday) by-election to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Jill Newton.

Cllr Williams, who lives in Uplyme, won the four-way fight with 321 votes, beating the three other candidates David Ruffle, Seoras Strain and Jeff Scowen.

The election saw a turnout of 26.1 per cent of an electorate of 3,040 people.

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Cllr Williams won by 85 clear votes, with Mr Strain in second place with 236 votes, followed by Mr Ruffle with 144 votes and Mr Scowen with 88 votes.

The new councillor will attend his first meeting on Wednesday 20 November when the Full Council meets.

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Town clerk John Wright said: “I’m pleased there was a reasonable turnout in this election and look forward to working with our newly elected member.”

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