Clean sweep for Tories in Morpeth
It was another strong Northumberland County Council election result for the Conservatives in Morpeth.
Coun David Bawn (Morpeth North), Coun John Beynon (Morpeth Stobhill) and Coun Richard Wearmouth (Morpeth Kirkhill) all held their seats – as did Coun David Towns in the Pegswood ward.
The Tories gained six seats and lost five, but getting up to 34 seats from 33 in 2017 means they gain overall control of the council.
Coun Bawn said: “I’m extremely pleased that the people of Morpeth North have chosen to elect me again and it’s great that we’ve increased our majorities in two of the Morpeth wards and in the Pegswood ward.
“I’m very conscious that I have a big responsibility, along with my fellow councillors, to help make Morpeth a better place.
“Our administration’s plans for the town continue to make good progress and next on the agenda is to look at a rebuild of the high school (KEVI). We will be pushing for such an investment.
“As for elsewhere, I’m overjoyed with our gains in south east Northumberland but sad to lose five seats.”
Coun Beynon said: “I’m delighted to get back in and am looking forward to another four years helping the residents of Stobhill.
“I’ve worked closely with (Liberal Democrat candidate) Alison Byard over the last four years and hopefully I can now also work closely with the other candidates (Margaret Turner and Pat Fuller) for the benefit of the area.
“The Morpeth Forum with us county councillors, town councillors and developers with projects in Morpeth, or in the pipeline for the town, has worked well and it will now continue in an even stronger way.”