I’m delighted to say that yesterday, Thursday 26th November, Matthew Softly won the Rochford District Council by-election in Rochford ward – a seat previously held by the Conservatives.
It was a short campaign with the election date announced only a few weeks ago following the sad death of the sitting Councillor, Jill Lucus-Gill, in September.
Matthew, helped by many of us in the local Labour party, worked extremely hard during the campaign, getting out to speak to many residents as he could – something he will continue to do now he’s been elected.
It was a narrow win with Labour edging in by a majority of just 4 votes, but when compared to the result in this ward only six months ago when Labour trailed in third, behind UKIP, I think this is clearly a significant and remarkable victory.
Full results below.
|Daniel Irlam||Liberal Democrat||114||11.10%|