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Conservative Hamish Ross wins Soham by-election

By Cambridge News  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

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Conservative Hamish Ross was victorious in the Soham by-election.

Mr Ross, 52, of Qua Fen Common, won the Soham South seat on East Cambridgeshire District Council with more than a third of the votes.

The by-election was held yesterday (Thursday) following the death of Independent candidate John Palmer in April.

Mr Ross secured 363 of the 1,054 votes cast.

UKIP candidate Daniel Divine, who is a county councillor for Littleport, came in at second place, with 201 votes.

Liberal Democrat and Soham Town Councillor Charles Warner was third, with 191 votes, and Independent candidate Geoffrey Woollard, who also lives in the town, secured 148 votes.

Former pub landlord and independent candidate Gerard Hobbs polled 80 votes to come fifth and Labour’s Fiona Ross came last with 71 votes.

Mr Ross, who is a manager at G’s Growers in Barway, a Soham Town Councillor and a local magistrate, said: “I’m obviously very pleased to have won and would like to thank everyone for their fantastic support.

“For me, it’s very much a matter of getting straight to business and I’m certainly going to work hard.

“My main two priorities are getting the Southern Bypass built and re-opening Soham Railway Station.

“Neither of these projects are going to happen overnight, and we all know that, but both are desperately needed and I’m going to continue putting pressure on the relevant bodies.

“We know that the line between Ely and Soham needs to be dualled before the station can be re-built and Network Rail has told us that funding will not allow that to be completed until 2017 at the earliest.

“However, we can still put pressure on them to make sure we are on the priority list.

“As far as the bypass is concerned, all the boxes are ticked – it’s just a case of English Heritage’s appeal being heard now. It’s a no brainer – we need it.”

The turnout for the by-election was 20.5 per cent and there were four spoiled ballot papers.

The last district council by-election was held in Sutton earlier this year which had a 33 per cent turnout.

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