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Update on MK local elections
In a local election campaign dominated by the start of a General Election, all four MK Cornwall Councillors have been re-elected to serve another term at “County Hall.” Indeed, in an election which saw the Green Party and UKIP lose their only seats in Cornwall, MK was the only political party not to lose a seat or seats to the Conservatives.

MK leader Cllr Dick Cole was re-elected with 1,090 votes in St Enoder division, ahead of Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates. His vote share was 83% and this was his fifth consecutive local election in which he had secured more than 75% of the vote.

Cllr Andrew Long meanwhile retained his Callington seat with 636 votes (55%), comfortably ahead of Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP opponents (in that order).

It was a lot closer for Cllr Loveday Jenkin (Crowan & Wendron) and Cllr Matt Luke (Penwithick and Boscoppa). Loveday managed 637 votes (34%), some 25 ballot papers ahead of the Conservative candidate. She also out-polled Independent, Labour and Lib Dem opponents. Matt Luke meanwhile held his seat with 397 votes (42%) – just 16 ahead of a Conservative opponent. The Liberal Democrats came third.

Mebyon Kernow were also only a handful of votes away from a gain in Camborne Trelowarren, where Zoe Fox was only five votes behind the winning candidate.

For the second election running, MK was also the most popular party in Clay Country where, alongside the victories of Dick Cole and Matt Luke, it achieved two second places with Brian Higman (Roche) and Garry Tregidga (Bugle).

Other promising results included Mike Tresidder’s second place in Breage, Germoe & Sithney and Mark Smith’s solid third place in Harrowbarrow, St Dominick & Kelly Bray.

A number of MK members also contested seats on town and parish council, with successful candidates being John Gibbs (Bodmin Town Council), Zoe Fox & Jane Barclay (Camborne Town Council) and Matthew Facey who topped the poll for Mevagissey Parish Council.

A more detailed summary of MK’s election results can be found here.
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By Dick Cole. Published on 6th May 2017.

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