New councillor's hope for Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 10:15 11 February 2016

Bhumi Zhaveri with Labour town council  colleagues

Bhumi Zhaveri with Labour town council colleagues

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Labour's new town councillor has reacted to her election win with gratitude and hope for the future.

Bhumika “Bhumi” Zhaveri won a Hatfield Central town council by-election with 490 votes against 353 for Conservative Bukky Olawoyin.

She told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I really want to thank everyone in Hatfield and the Labour Party members for their hard work.

“It feels that people in Hatfield recognise the good work Labour has done already in such a short period so I am very glad to be elected now so I can be part of that ongoing growth and change.”

Labour council leader Lenny Brandon said: “As McFadden & Whitehead sang back in the 70s, there ain’t no stopping us now,

“We can get on with the job of making Hatfield a better place unhindered.”

Conservative group leader Howard Morgan said: “When I see her, I will congratulate her. I hope she will work with us.

“We got 41 per cent of the vote, which in a safe Labour seat was quite a good result.

“We [the Conservatives] did a good job over 12 years [in control before 2014]. We have built up reserves.”

The ruling Labour group now has eight elected members of Hatfield Town Council, with six Conservatives and one independent,

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