The Yellow Bird Sings Again in Mulbarton
By Trevor Wenman
We were defending the seat vacated by former councillor Vivienne Clifford-Jackson. At the 2019 elections in the three-member ward she had finished in third place behind two Conservatives.
Yesterday (5th May) at the Mulbarton and Stoke Holy Cross By-Election our candidate, Ian Spratt, topped the poll with a 9.6% swing from the Tories, with a turnout at 39% - which was higher than in 2019. (Often By-Election turnouts are low compared to normal)
Full result -
Ian Spratt, Liberal Democrat 1,202 42.0%
Silvia Schmidtova, Conservative 969 33.8%
John Martin, Labour 402 14.1%
Tom Williamson, Green 183 6.4%
Andrew Pond, Reform UK 107 3.7%
Welcoming Ian to the Liberal Democrat Group on the Council, Chris Brown, Group Leader commented, "This is a great result for the Party in South Norfolk. It shows just how unpopular the Tories are nationally and locally, and that here we are the only real alternative. If this swing is repeated across the District at next May's elections we will be in serious contention to regain control of the Council."
Vivienne Clifford Jackson, whose resignation on health grounds caused the By-Election has also congratulated our newest Councillor. "I am absolutely delighted to be able to pass the baton to Ian. I hope we can use this astounding result as a springboard to take back control of the Council next year. "