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ELECTION RESULTS - Independents gain Ripon seat

Ripon Minster: Winning candidate Sid Hawke (Ind), left, pictured before the election with defeated incumbent Stuart Martin (Con).

Ripon Minster: Winning candidate Sid Hawke (Ind), left, pictured before the election with defeated incumbent Stuart Martin (Con).

Independents have gained a seat from the Conservatives in Ripon on the borough council after three seats were contested in the city yesterday.

Former Mayor of Ripon Sid Hawke, standing as an Independent in Ripon Minster division, defeated Conservative incumbent Stuart Martin by 704 votes to 492.

In Ripon Spa ward, Coun Alan Skidmore held the seat for the Conservatives.

There was another hold in Ripon Moorside as Independent Pauline McHardy retained the seat for her political group – a seat which had been vacated by fellow Independent Andrew Williams.

One of her opponents she defeated was the Mayor of Ripon, Mick Stanley, who switched from the Independents to the Conservatives earlier this year.

The Conservatives still control Harrogate Borough Council, which across the district saw four Tory gains and one loss (a net gain of three), four Liberal Democrat losses and one Independent gain.

 

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