Philip Ham wins SCC election

Councillor Philip Ham

Conservative candidate Philip Ham has won the Mendip Central and East division in the Somerset County Council elections.

Councillor Philip HamMr Ham received 1156 votes, ahead of Lib Dem candidate Joshua Burr with 931 votes.

Mr Burr became the Lib Dem candidate after Councillor Gloria Cawood announced she would not be standing for re-election. She will continue to represent Cranmore, Doulting and Nunney on Mendip District Council.

Mrs Cawood responded publicly to the election result on social networking website Twitter by stating, “Josh is better looking, fitter and more energetic than his opponent. He deserved to win.”

Philip Ham is married with two children and one grandchild. He has been a District Councillor for 4 years and Parish Councillor for 9 years and Chairman of Coleford the last 2 years.

Cllr Gloria Cawood on TwitterHe has been involved in several large businesses but spent all his life in agriculture. He is currently running a 450 acre fully organic farm producing organic crops and beef.

His main interests include all sports especially rugby and cricket, playing skittles and crib and supporting local village activities that include all ages.

Conservatives retained control at Somerset County Council, with 28 of their candidates elected to County Hall.

The remaining make-up of the council is:

Liberal Democrats – 18
Labour – 3
UK Independence Party – 3
Independent – 2

The full results for Mendip Central and East division were:

Joshua Burr, Liberal Democrat – 931 votes
Alwyn Dow, Labour – 196 votes
Philip Ham, Conservative – 1156 votes
Barry Harding, UK Independence Party – 444 votes
Linda Hull, Green Party – 146 votes

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