Independent candidate defeats Tories in by-election

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INDEPENDENT candidate Cheryl Reynolds has won a seat on West Dorset District Council in what is thought to be the first Conservative defeat in the Lyme Regis and Charmouth ward.

Councillor Reynolds, who has also served on Lyme Regis Town Council since 2014, won yesterday’s by-election with 622 votes. Conservative candidate Paul Oatway, from Charmouth, received 396 and Labour candidate Belinda Bawden, also from Lyme Regis, won 171 votes. The turnout was 28.9 per cent.

As well as defeating the Tories for what is thought to be the first time in the ward’s history, Councillor Reynolds’ success has also created the first brother and sister duo on the district council, where her brother, Conservative Councillor Daryl Turner, also represents Lyme and Charmouth and is Cabinet member for Natural and Built Environment.

Her seat was previously held by Conservative George Symonds, who resigned after saying he had lost faith in district council leader Anthony Alford.

Lyme Regis editor & Colyton reporter | Francesca gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University before joining the paper full-time in 2011. She is now editor of the Lyme Regis edition, as well as a sub-editor on the East Devon and South Somerset editions, and reporter for Colyton.

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