Lib Dems take both seats on Cirencester Beeches ward after comfortable win in by-election
LIBERAL Democrats throughout Cirencester and the Cotswolds will be on a high after two of its members took both seats in the Beeches ward by-election.
Patrick Coleman and Nigel Robbins saw off competition rivals Terence Pomroy (Labour) and Stuart Tarr (Conservative).
Nigel Robbins spoke to the Standard after the result was announced. He said: “I’m very pleased. Very pleased to be representing the many people that I visit on my bicycle.
“For the most part, people don’t need a councillor but now and again they need a little signposting from a friendly councillor.”
Patrick Coleman also spoke of his pleasure of being elected. He said: “I’m naturally very delighted but I’m conscious it’s an opportunity to serve an important part of town and to work with a good team of councillors.
“I’m really looking forward to it and was very fortunate to have Nigel as a running mate.”
Both new councillors are well versed on serving the local community, Nigel is a county councillor while Patrick has spent over two decades serving on Wiltshire Council.
Cllr Robbins will be familiar to many residents as the former principal of Cirencester College.
The two Lib Dem candidates were the clear winners after receiving, between them, more than half of all votes cast.
Cllr Robbins had the most votes with 300 while Cllr Coleman managed to score 251 votes.
Terence Pomroy managed to secure 130 votes for the Labour party with Stuart Tarr gathering 207 votes on behalf of the Conservative party.
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