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Liberal Democrats take All Saints seat in Cheltenham by-election

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: July 31, 2009

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Charles Stewart has emerged victorious in a Cheltenham by-election.

The Liberal Democrat candidate won the seat in the All Saints ward last night with 680 votes.

Four would-be councillors put their name forward for the position after the death of long-serving Liberal Democrat Tina Franklin in May.

Second in the battle was Emma Logan for the Conservatives, who had 395 votes. Green Party candidate Cathy Green got 57 votes and Labour candidate John Phipps had 37.

A total of 1,170 votes were cast, representing a turn-out in the ward of 27.1 per cent.

Counting went on until 11.15pm last night.

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    John Hopwood, Cheltenham  |  July 31 2009, 7:06PM

    I am generally in favour of a locally living candidate representing a ward, but I disapprove of the LibDems policy of making a song and dance if their candidate happens to live there, but then keeping noticeably stumm when the same is NOT the case in another ward. I would make a plea for some consistency - but then that has never been a characteristic of the party.

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    Neil, Cheltenham  |  July 31 2009, 11:21AM

    We had a visit from both the main candidates and had numerous leaflets so they couldn¿t have done any more. If people choose to stay at home that¿s their right but a clear majority of those who voted opted for the winner so he has been legitimately elected as far as I¿m concerned. Well done Charlie!

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    Quedgeley Guy, Local  |  July 31 2009, 10:27AM

    What a great example of how wrong our voting system is. I'm not knocking the Winner or Cheltenham but the system. How can less than 14 percent of voters ensure a triumph. Apply this 660 (ish) times and you'll see why our Parliament is crippled.