Conservative chosen for St Mary’s ward

Stephen Chipp with East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton

Stephen Chipp with East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton

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VOTERS in Shoreham picked Stephen Chipp to replace departing councillor and controversial former radio host Mike Mendoza.

The newcomer, who lives in Southwick, won with a margin of 117 votes and will represent St Mary’s with fellow Tory, Rod Hotton. Speaking of his victory, Mr Chipp said: “It feels good. I am a property developer in Hove and want to bring these skills to the council and look forward to serving the people of St Mary’s.”

When asked what this could mean for Adur District Council’s policies on housing and planning, Mr Chipp declined to comment.

Labour’s Irene Reed came second with 223 votes, giving her party a small increase on last May’s poll.

Reacting to the outcome, Ms Reed said: “It’s a good result for Labour. We put a lot of shovel into the campaign but we will need to do more next time.”

Despite having six Adur councillors, UKIP’s Jenny Greig was pipped into third place with 216 votes, while the Green’s Jennie Tindal received 106 votes.

Representatives from both parties said they felt Friday’s poll was not indicative of next May’s general election.

Returning officer Alex Bailey described the 25 per cent turnout as: “Not bad for a cold night in December.”

The by-election was triggered in October after Mr Mendoza resigned due to the demands of his job as a television presenter.