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MIDDLESBROUGH ELECTION: Ladgate by-election result

MIDDLESBROUGH ELECTION: Ladgate by-election result

Independent Tony Grainge speaking after he was elected as the new councillor for Ladgate, Image: LDRS

A community worker from Easterside has been elected as the new Ladgate ward councillor in a disappointing result for the Labour Party.

Independent Tony Grainge won 362 votes, putting him ahead of the other five candidates including representatives from the Labour Party and the Conservative Party.

The Conservative Party’s Lee Holmes won 315 votes, Labour’s Mick Thompson came third with  226, Independent Sharon Platt won 121, Liberal Democrat Paul Hamilton secured 14 and Independent Vic Hoban came in last with 3.

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service about how he was feeling after his victory, Tony Grainge said: “It feels like I can’t stand still to be honest. I am very excited. I felt like just jumping up and down and screaming there. So I’m buzzing, very excited.

“Moving forward, I love Ladgate, I love living in Ladgate, I want to bring the community together. I am a parent of four kids, I want to get alongside parents who want to raise kids in Ladgate in the best place it can be.

“We are excited about getting into the sports village, we are excited to get people to live happier and healthier lives and just bringing the community together.

“Not me and the council are going to put this for Ladgate, but what can we do as a community do to make this place a better place to live for all of us.”

Earlier this week, Mayor Andy Preston came out on social media and backed Tony Grainge – he said that he was an ‘honest and decent man’ and would be ‘great’.

Ladgate is traditionally a Labour seat, so it will be a shock for the party to come in third place.

Labour ran Mick Thompson, who lost against Andy Preston in 2019’s mayoral election and was previously a councillor for Berwick Hills and Pallister Park for six years.

In total, 1,046 votes were cast which meant a 25.8% turnout for the area.

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr June Goodchild in July – she was elected as a Labour councillor however defected to the Middlesbrough Independent Group (MIG).

Labour’s Craig Wright is the other current councillor for this area having been elected during the 2019 local elections.

 

Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter


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