Tory wins Horndean Downs

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CELEBRATING his win as Horndean Downs representative also saw Guy Shepherd increase his majority.

The Tory candidate won the by-election for the seat in 2012 by just 47 votes.

But at the local count for East Hampshire District Council yesterday Mr Shepherd won the seat with a majority of 755.

He received 967 votes beating Ukip candidate David Alexander, Labour’s Margaret Hewitt and Richard Judd of the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Shepherd said: ‘I am very proud to have won.

‘I got onto the council when I won the by-election but that was by just 47 votes.

‘So to get a majority of nearly 800 makes me very proud.

‘East Hampshire is a great council and I think the officers and the staff have worked so hard on our action plans, core strategies and our cost-cutting.’

He added: ‘I am very happy to be working with a strong council but also a good ward.

‘I am looking forward to the next four years and continuing to move forward.’

Mr Shepherd added he will be looking at housing in the ward over the next four years.

‘I want to make sure we do not build housing in the wrong places but also that we have the best facilities with the housing that must have,’ he said.