The Labour Candidate Chris Clark has won the Hartshill by-election with a slightly increased majority. The Conservatives were third behind UKIP. Labour got 738 votes, UKIP 699, the Conservatives 616 and the Independent 190 votes.
The newly elected County Councillor Chris Clark from Atherstone said, “I’m enormously grateful to the people of Hartshill, Caldecote, Ridge Lane, Mancetter and Atherstone South who supported me.
“It was going to be a difficult election. It was held on the same day as the European election. I made it clear that this was a local election and I was fighting on local issues.
“I told people I could do nothing about the EU or immigration or David Cameron; but I could fight against cuts in the Fire Service, vote to put our street lights back on at night, support our schools and work with local communities threatened by the governments new planning laws. Whilst other parties fought on national and European issues, Labour stuck to the practical problems that local people face. That’s why Labour won here. We are rooted in the local community.”
Chris Clark was born and brought up in Atherstone and he lives at 25 Minions Close Atherstone. He is an Atherstone Town Councillor. A 28 years old graduate in Textiles, he currently works in a local business.
The county council by-election had been caused by the resignation of Ann McLauchlan, who had been elected as a Labour councillor one year ago but who had to cope in the last year with a serious family illness, necessitating her resignation. Before that Conservative, Carol Fox, held the seat for eight years. After losing the county council election last year, Carol Fox left the Conservative Party and she stood in the Hartshill by-election as an Independent. She won 8% of the vote.