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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Labour take two seats in Copeland elections

LABOUR took two seats and the Conservatives one in Copeland election yesterday.

Three seats on the borough council were contested in the Cleator Moor North, Gosforth and Hensingham wards.

The Cleator Moor election – 15 per cent turnout – was won by Labour’s Hugh Branney, from Croasdale, Ennerdale.

He received 307 votes, while his opponent Lauren Mossop (Independent), of High Street, Cleator Moor, received 191.

In Hensingham Labour retained the seat left vacant by Copeland MP Jamie Reed after Geoffrey Garrity, of Martindale Close, Whitehaven, received 385 votes, following a 20 per cent turnout.

His opponents Alexander Leonard Carroll (Conservative) and Francis Graeme Hollowell (Liberal Democrat) got 207 and 38 respectively.

The highest turnout was in Gosforth – 35 per cent.

Conservative Alan Jacob, of Brookfield, won with 264 votes. His opponents Christine Cornall (Labour) and Mike Minogue (Liberal Democrat) received 85 and 62 votes respectively.

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