Waddon Tory winner hits out at "nasty" Labour party

Your Local Guardian: Winner: Clare Hilley won 47 per cent of the vote Winner: Clare Hilley won 47 per cent of the vote

Clare Hilley used her victory in the Waddon byelection to attack the negative tactics used by the opposition.

In her victory speech, Councillor Hilley, who enjoyed a 1 per cent swing in the vote, said under Tony Newman's leadership “Labour really is the nasty party”.

The 25-year-old, who secured 1,462 votes, said: “I have fought against Ian Payne [the Labour candidate] before and it has been a clean fight.

“Unfortunately on this occasion he allowed Tony Newman to dictate the campaign and as a result it has been completely negative.”



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Leader of the council Mike Fisher added: “This shows people are turning off negative campaigning.

“It is a very good result and a very good candidate.”

Coun Newman said he knew what Coun Hilley was referring to but stood firm in his tactics.

He said: “We will see much more on that debate over the next 12 months and I look forward to that debate.”

Coun Newman said he was disappointed in the result and conceded it was “not good enough tonight”.

Accepting her post, Coun Hilley paid tribute to the work of Coun Jonathan Driver, whose death on New Year's Eve prompted the byelection, saying he would be a hard act to follow.

She also promised to build the promised swimming pool in Waddon and and vowed to deliver her pre-byelection pledges.

She added: “I am going to be a dedicated councillor.”

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8:54am Fri 13 Feb 09

Waddon-Local says...


It’s really great news that Waddon residents chose to vote for optimism and hope and rejected hate. Clare ran a smooth, clean and positive campaign focussing on real issues and concerns.

Labour concentrated on spreading lies, smears and fear on the orders of Tony Newman. Ian Payne, a decent man, should never have allowed himself to be manipulated like this, he has now damaged his reputation.
It’s really great news that Waddon residents chose to vote for optimism and hope and rejected hate. Clare ran a smooth, clean and positive campaign focussing on real issues and concerns. Labour concentrated on spreading lies, smears and fear on the orders of Tony Newman. Ian Payne, a decent man, should never have allowed himself to be manipulated like this, he has now damaged his reputation. Waddon-Local
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9:55am Fri 13 Feb 09

I hope not says...

Agreed, well done the people of Waddon and hope the Councillor fulfils the role well. Good luck.
Agreed, well done the people of Waddon and hope the Councillor fulfils the role well. Good luck. I hope not
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10:42am Fri 13 Feb 09

Bob Peel says...

Cor! Forget the politics, what a babe!

Spot on about Newman's folly though.

Cor! Forget the politics, what a babe! Spot on about Newman's folly though. Bob Peel
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1:44pm Fri 13 Feb 09

Brian Sewer says...

Does she mean like nastymrtom ? ha ha
Does she mean like nastymrtom ? ha ha Brian Sewer
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11:06am Sat 14 Feb 09

Kes says...

That's a funny Laugh!
That's a funny Laugh! Kes
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5:59pm Sat 14 Feb 09

croyman says...

Excuse his laugh, he's from Tarring.
Excuse his laugh, he's from Tarring. croyman
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9:39am Mon 16 Feb 09

scoffer says...

Indeed... The Labour Party are a 'nasty' party - Jaqui Smith is embroiled in another fiddle over expenses... she claims she spends the majority of her time in her sisters home in Peckham - with two armed police officers stationed outside... trouble is... the neighbours who live in the street dispute this - they've all accused Jaqui of fibbing!! rofl!! claiming thousands of pounds in expenses which us tax-payers are paying for!! even Jaqui has turned down a nice comfy home near Whitehall - provided by the Government but then she would not be able to claim thousands of pounds in expenses!! Labour and Tory are riddled with corrupt politicians - no wonder decent folk are refusing to vote for corrupt and sleazy politicians and are looking for alternative political parties!!
Indeed... The Labour Party are a 'nasty' party - Jaqui Smith is embroiled in another fiddle over expenses... she claims she spends the majority of her time in her sisters home in Peckham - with two armed police officers stationed outside... trouble is... the neighbours who live in the street dispute this - they've all accused Jaqui of fibbing!! rofl!! claiming thousands of pounds in expenses which us tax-payers are paying for!! even Jaqui has turned down a nice comfy home near Whitehall - provided by the Government but then she would not be able to claim thousands of pounds in expenses!! Labour and Tory are riddled with corrupt politicians - no wonder decent folk are refusing to vote for corrupt and sleazy politicians and are looking for alternative political parties!! scoffer
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