UKIP wins seat on town council
Published on: 24 May 2013
Filton has its first UKIP councillor after Keith Briffett took the Conygre seat from Labour in a by-election after the resignation of Councillor Bill Edgeworth.
Mr Briffett polled 338 votes, or 37% of the vote, ahead of Labour’s Ken Hoare with 233 votes.
Independent Helen Johnson secured 185 votes.
For the Conservatives, Alan Booth polled 151 votes.
The turnout of 907 represented 30% of the electorate in Conygre ward.
Mr Briffett said: "There are lots of problems in Filton in terms of infrastructure, pot holes and student lets.
"Part of the problem we
have is that we are giving away
so much of our money to Brussels.
"You start by winning local elections then hopefully national elections."
Mr Hoare said: "I’ll support any candidate for the good of Filton. A lot of hard work went in but there had to be a winner.
Ms Johnson said: "I hope (Mr Briffett) will do as much as he can for Conygre."
Mr Booth said: "This was a disappointing result but Conygre is not really a Conservative
Keith Briffett, UKIP, 338
37% (top left)
Ken Hoare, Lab, 233
26% (top right)
Helen Johnson, Ind, 185
20% (bottom left)
Alan Booth, Cons, 151
17% (bottom right)