Isle of Wight council leader and councillor for Shanklin South, David Pugh (pictured left), was defeated today (Friday 3rd May) in the 2013 local elections.
It was a two-horse race in Shanklin South, with the Conservative councillor up against an Independent candidate, Richard Priest (pictured right) who has strong ties to the local community.
Keeping the field clear
Both UKIP and the Labour Party told OnTheWight they’d purposely held back from fielding candidates in the ward to avoid splitting the vote, such was the desire to see David Pugh out of County Hall.
Shanklin residents voted in their droves and Richard Priest attracted 629 votes, with a majority of 10 over David Pugh who achieved 619.
Listen to our pre-election interview with Richard Priest, where he sets out his goals if elected.
Update 4.May.13 08:37: Changed summary, featuring Priest.