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Labour retain Ollerton and Boughton seat on Newark and Sherwood District Council

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A new Labour councillor has been elected to sit on Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Mike Pringle is already a member of Nottinghamshire County and Ollerton Town councils.

He has now been elected to represent Ollerton on the district council after fellow Labour member Neal Mitchell stood down.

Mike Pringle on the campaign trail (57702870)
Mike Pringle on the campaign trail (57702870)

The by-election result on Thursday saw Labour win 962 votes, Conservative candidate Kelly Fordham win 395 votes and Independent candidate Jeremy Spry 125 votes.

Mr Pringle told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “I’m sure there will be many people reasoning why Labour dominated the result in Ollerton.

“From my perspective, if you are a candidate in an election and if you are fortunate to win the seat then you devote yourself to that community, you become the voice of that community and therefore you should be listening all the time to that community.

“Honesty, commitment and compassion are the values I work with and holding both county and district seats is an honour. ”

Paul Peacock, leader of council's Labour Group, said at the time that Mr Mitchell stood down that he was universally liked across the council.

“He made the decision to leave the council, it was a difficult decision for him, it was the right decision for him," he said.

“We should all put our families first and Neal has done that. In doing so he stayed true to his values and his nature.”

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