Labour romp it at Kirk Hallam

IT was a night of extreme results and contrasting emotions as Labour recorded a landslide victory in the borough council Kirk Hallam bye-election.

John Frudd beat his nearest challenger by more than 600 votes to take over the seat left vacant by the untimely death of Independent councillor, Brendan Killeavy.

A concerted effort by all involved with the Erewash Labour Party paid dividends as John Frudd won the contest.

Labour won with a majority of 675 votes.

Labour's John Frudd polled 707 votes, followed by Max Alexander for Conservatives with 132 and Liberal Democrat Janet Mallet returned 79 votes.

Councillor Frudd returned to the council after serving Hallam Fields four years ago, but said he was confident of being elected.

"Kirk Hallam is a strong seat for Labour and I was confident of getting in.

"I think the reason we recorded such a big victory margin was we already have two very good borough councillors in Louis Booth and Stephen Green and people in Kirk Hallam can see what a good job they are doing. The Labour team worked very hard on the campaign and it paid off," said the newly elected councillor.

In stark contrast, the Liberal Democrats - who had styled themselves as serious contenders for the seat - lost their deposit after polling less than five percent of the vote.

Cllr Ted Bishop acted as agent for John Frudd and said the victory was thoroughly deserved. "If you put the hard work in you get results; it was a tremendous effort from the Labour team.

"The Tories didn't show and Liberal Democrats relied purely on newspaper advertising. We had people out there dropping leaflets and canvassing and we achieved something.

"It is like anything you do in life, if you work hard at something you see the results."

"Labour is a force in Kirk Hallam. Through our hardwork Kirk Hallam will be a Labour stronghold for years."

Cllr Frudd said he has already set out his objectives for helping people in Kirk Hallam. "Top of my priorities is the park at Wyndale Drive.

"Children need a play area and the council want to take it away. I don't fully know the facts just yet but I understand the council may have underspent on Sport Erewash and that should free up some money.

"I would also like to see the county council maintaining the Kirk Hallam Fishing Lake on a regular basis."