Friday, 15 March 2013

UKIP wins in Runnymede

UKIP has gained its first borough council seat in Surrey after Chris Browne won a by-election in Runnymede yesterday.

Cllr Browne overcame a 24% deficit to beat the Tory candidate by just 18 votes.  Runnymede Borough Council has 35 Tories, 5 Runnymede Independent Residents councillors and now 1 UKIP councillor.

Chairman of Chertsey Town Conservative Association, Cllr Paul Tuley, said they were disappointed and dismissed the result as a one off.

Runnymede is where Magna Carta was signed and winning a seat on Runnymede Borough Council is pretty symbolic.