Voters in Wiveliscombe have chose a Green Party candidate to represent them on the Conservative-run district council. Dave Mansell took the seat on Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) after beating both Conservative and Lib Dem rivals by a substantial majority. The election was called following the resignation of Independent councillor Steve Ross, elected in 2011.
Mansell bagged the victory with 600 votes, followed by Susan Levinge (LibDem) with 389 votes and Philip Thorne (Conservative) with 352. Mr Mansell, 56, is also a Wiveliscombe town councillor.
He said: “I’ve been on the town council for a year. I retired early from Somerset Waste Partnership so I’ve got more time available. I am looking forward to representing Wiveliscombe and West Deane and looking after the people here.”