|Conservative Vote Split Aids Lib Dems|
"Local Campaigner" Paul Carnell was declared elected with 438 votes, and Conservative Jerry Hall came second with 314. But add Michale O'Donoghue's 162 to Jerry's and you get a winning total of 476. The chances are that had UKIP not been there Jerry would be taking his seat in the council chamber instead of Paul.
A Labour or even Independent candidate might have balanced the outcome, but that's all part of the rough and tumble of democratic politics in a first past the post world. Paul won according to the rules, and we congratulate him and welcome his campaigning spirit to the Town Council. I particularly look forward to his assistance in opposing plans for more building and traffic in Hedge End and Botley.