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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Labour achieves double victory in Seaton by elections

The Labour Party is celebrating a double victory in the Seaton by elections.

Andrew Lawson was elected to Allerdale council seat and Celia Tibble was voted into the county council seat.

The elections, held on Thursday, were called following the death of independent councillor Trevor Fee, 57.

Kate Birkett was elected last month to replace him as chairman of the parish council and voters turned out to elect an Allerdale and county replacement.

Coun Lawson, 22, of Napier Street, Workington, beat UKIP’s Mark Jenkinson by 464 votes to 426.

He said: “I am really humbled to win the by election. I know I have big boots to fill with Trevor. He was well respected. I am ready for the challenge.

“It’s been a lot of hard work over the past few weeks. If it wasn’t for the help of Barbara Cannon and the Labour team I wouldn’t have won it.”

Coun Lawson is also a Workington town councillor and last year was Mayor of Workington.

He contested the Allerdale council seat for Seaton in 2011 but finished fourth.

Coun Tibble, 57, of Greengate, Seaton, beat UKIP’s Bob Hardon by 628 votes to 483.

She said: “Obviously I am thrilled. I have had support from lots of people both from party members and non-political people.

“Nobody wants to stand and fight a by election in those circumstances but the democratic process has to be followed.

“I am Seaton born and bred. I have lived here for the greater majority of my life. I have got family in Seaton and Northside and I feel like I am the local candidate. I will do my best to keep the profile of Seaton high in the county council.”

Coun Tibble is also an Allerdale and Seaton parish councillor and is the chairwoman of the Cumbria Police and Crime Panel.

The other candidates for the Allerdale council seat were Mike Davidson for the Conservatives, 133 votes, Alistair Grey for the Green Party, 108 votes, and Chris Snowden for the Liberal Democrats, 30 votes.

For the county council seat, Conservative Mike Davidson got 107 votes, Independent Tony North, 98 votes, and Liberal Democrat Frank Hollowell, 26 votes.

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