Parish councillor ready to follow in footsteps

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PARISH councillor Malcolm Johnson is looking forward to his next challenge after winning a seat on East Hampshire District Council.

The Tory candidate won the Rowlands Castle ward after taking over from long-term councillor Marge Harvey.

Mr Johnson won with 1,017 votes - a majority of 596.

He beat Liberal Democrat candidate Catherine Bellam who received 421 votes and Greg Beckett, of the Labour party, who got 168 votes.

Mr Johnson said: ‘Clearly I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of the highly-regarded candidate Marge Harvey.

‘She has given me invaluable support and got me where I am today.

‘I will do my best to follow in her footsteps on behalf of anyone in Rowlands Castle, no matter their political views.

‘I think my experience in being a parish councillor will help me in the next four years and I can bring that level of experience to the table.’

On his win, he added: ‘It is a relief to have won by a decent majority and it is encouraging that I have got that level of support.’

Ms Harvey decided to step down at the election in January after serving nearly 12 years for the Rowlands Castle ward. But she will continue in her role of being the county councillor for Horndean, Rowlands Castle and Clanfield.