Election result: Tory candidate takes Emsworth

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Conservative candidate Richard Galloway is hoping to emulate the achievements of fellow Emsworth councillors after taking 58 per cent of the votes in the local elections.

The 67-year-old beat his nearest rival, Liberal Democrat, Steve Marshall by 1,860 votes.

He has set his sights on following in the footsteps of current Emsworth cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray, to become a community minded campaigner.

“I think Brendan (Gibb-Gray) is the model of an ideal councillor,” he said. “He spends most of his time getting to know people and seeing if he can help.

“I see myself in the same sort of mould.”

Cllr Galloway moved to the town 15 years ago from Oxted in Surrey, after 30 years of working in various planning roles in London, having qualified as a charted surveyor.

“My career was in London and I ended up director of a property company.

“I had a fair amount to do with planning issues for a while.

“Emsworth is a vibrant community with an awful lot of people doing good things, that quite a lot of the time you do not get to hear about,” he said.

“I have always been interested in politics, although I see the involvement of a local councillor more to help the local community rather than as a political animal.

“All the time I worked and lived in Surrey I never had the time to get involved in community affairs.

“Since I took early retirement I have got more involved. I feel I have got enough energy left to give it my best.

“I realised I wanted to play a part in that.

“Emsworth is a great place to live and the quality of life is pretty good to.

“There are the local issues of car parking and traffic which are the kind of issues I will try to take up.”

He was surprised by the 52.69 per cent turnout of the 7,823 electorate.

He said: “I spent a fair amount of time going around the various polling stations.

“So I got a fairly good idea of how things were going.

“I was surprised by the turnout, I think it’s pretty good for a local election.

“We were all expecting the turnout would be down because of all the national issues.”

Full results

Candidate Party Votes per cent of votes

Richard Galloway Conservative 2418 58.66

Steve Marshall Liberal Dems 558 13.54

James Smith Labour 531 12.88

Susan Kelly Green 363 8.81

Alex Spurge UKIP 252 6.11