New county councillor elected for south Hampshire

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THE newly-elected councillor for the southern parishes division of Hampshire has pledged to act on what the people say.

Conservative candidate Cllr Patricia Stallard won the county council seat at the by-election called after the death of cllr Freddie Allgood late last year.

Cllr Stallard already represents Denmead for Winchester City Council, where she is also cabinet member for culture heritage and sport.

She polled 1,661 votes, a majority of more than 600 over Lib Dem rival Vivian Achwal.

She said: ‘I don’t think a politician should act in isolation and I don’t think a politician should impose their views on the people. People who know me know I’m a very active person and if someone comes to me, I won’t let go until I get an answer.’

She is hoping to set up a drop-in clinic in Whiteley.

The division covers Southwick, North Boarhunt, Waterlooville, Denmead, Whiteley and Wickham.

Stephen Harris for UKIP polled 133, David Picton-Jones for Labour polled 124, and John Vivian for the Greens polled 130 votes. The turnout was 25 per cent.