Labour leader proud to retain his Paulsgrove seat

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LABOUR leader John Ferrett spoke of his pride after he retained his Paulsgrove council seat.

Cllr Ferrett was targeted by left-wing faction The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 
going into the election and had come under 
fire for his criticism of Labour’s national leadership.

But he rose above the challenge to secure 995 votes, ahead of Ukip’s Mike Jerome, with 711. Cllr Ferrett said he took it as a ‘badge of honour’ TUSC only chose to stand against him.

He said: ‘We fought a tough fight, not least from Ukip.’

Meanwhile, Labour’s Stephen Morgan claimed victory in Charles Dickens, taking Labour’s total seats to three.