A by-election was held for the Gotham ward of Rushcliffe Borough Council last night. ( 23 August )
The by-election was called after the resignation of former councillor Stuart Christopher Matthews, who represented the Conservatives.
He is stood as an independent candidate in this by-election.
The winner represents Gotham ward for Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Jason Billin, Lib Dem – 63 votes – 7.17% of vote
Stuart Matthews, Ind 160 – 18.2%
Lewis McAulay, Lab 275 – 31.29% (+7.34 swing)
Neil Pinder, Green 25 – 2.84%
Rex Walker, Con (Winner) 355 – 40.39% (-12.59 swing)
The winning candidate, local estate agent Councillor Rex Walker, who now represents the Gotham ward, said he was ‘over the moon’ to have won. It was the first time he had stood for election.
He said: “I’m proud, and delighted to win, this is where I was born, where I live, and I’ve done this to represent my community.
“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to do that and thankful to everybody who has supported me along the way.
“The nerves are gone now so I can concentrate on representing the ward, which was why I handed in my nomination papers in the first place.
“So I’m looking forward to getting cracking, it seems like the hard work is over but it’s not, it’s just begun.”
The leader of the council, Councillor Simon Robinson, who represents the Edwalton ward for the Conservatives, said: “I think it’s a great endorsement of the Rushcliffe administration under the Conservatives and the fantastic achievements of the authority.
“I would like to pay respects to Rex, he’s worked very hard. He’s very welcome and I think he’s going to make a huge contribution in a very challenging environment.
Speaking about the fact the by-election was held following Mr Matthews’ resignation, Mr Robinson said: “We’re disappointed at the way this was arrived at, but having said that I think it was a big endorsement for democracy, and for the credibility and respect that Rex has locally. I think that was one of the overriding factors in this election.
Turnout was 44.3 percent, with 879 votes being cast.