We would like to thank our fantastic candidate Victoria Nel for flying the Lib Dem flag in the recent Chittlehampton by-election.
The poll was delayed from the May elections by the death of Walter White. Walter was a very popular and well respected member and will be missed on the Council. The anti-Tory vote was split between the Green candidate and Victoria Nel for the Lib Dems and that enabled the Conservative to win.
Overall the Liberal Democrats have exactly half the seats on the Council – 21 out of 42 and like many other District Councils in Devon and beyond have replaced the Tory administration and are now running the Council with the Independents.
Already, the executive system, where one party had all the power, has been changed to a much more inclusive committee system. This is allowing all councillors to be much more involved in the decision making rather than just giving all the power to a few.