Hatfield Town Council's new member attacks Labour's 'reckless spending'
PUBLISHED: 15:05 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:28 24 November 2017
The Conservative candidate who rocketed to victory in yesterday's Hatfield Town Council by-election has pledged to fight Labour's "reckless spending".
Tory candidate Kerstin Holman was elected as East Ward’s new representative with 395 votes, beating Labour’s Oliver Price (299) and Lib Dem Jackie Brennan (203).
After scooping 44 per cent of the overall vote, Cllr Holman told the WHT: “I would like to thank the residents of Hatfield East who turned out to vote yesterday and help me send a strong message to Labour.
“Their reckless spending in Hatfield should not be allowed to continue and I will fight to ensure your taxes are spent correctly.
“It is a great responsibility and I am keen to get straight to work and represent the Hatfield East residents in the best way possible.
“I look forward to meeting many of you on the doorstep and if you have any issues please get in touch.”
Labour leader Lenny Brandon said: “Holman is misinformed and delusional, facts are facts Hatfield Town Council is now more efficiently run than it has ever been.
“Come in with all guns blazing by all means but do your homework first on what has been achieved and how by HTC since May 2015.”
Runner-up Mr Price said: “Obviously I’m disappointed not to have won, but the people have spoken.
“I hope that for the sake of the those who voted for her and for Hatfield that Kerstin bucks the trend of poor Tory attendance and does a good job representing Hatfield East residents.”
Liberal Democrat candidate Jackie Brennan said: “I am pleased to have received 23 per cent of the vote.
“This shows that confidence is building in the Liberal Democratic Party and that the community is sympathetic to our message of avoiding petty squabbles and getting the job done.“