Labour Wins Marine Ward and the Tories Lose Overall Control of Worthing Borough Council.
A by-election in Marine ward, Worthing was called following the resignation of former Conservative Councillor, Tim Wills after anti-racist campaign group, HOPE not HATE revealed his alleged support of the far right hate group, Patriotic Alternative.
Wills resignation left the Conservative group on the council without a majority and the by-election was called for 2nd December 2021.
Labour candidate Vicki, who grew up in Lancing before living and working in London as a Science Producer for the BBC, returned to Worthing to raise her mixed race family 13 years ago.
“Instead of ranting with frustration about local issues, I’ve decided to step up and get stuck in.” She explained at her campaign launch.
“Marine Ward has community spirit, history, nature and thriving businesses. If elected Councillor, I want to help it become the environmentally progressive, accessible, safe and inspiring place it can be.
In the four years since Dr Beccy Cooper became the first Labour Councillor in Worthing – I have continued to be inspired by our successive women Cllrs – Henna, Emma, Rosie, Helen and Sally to name some – who have delivered dynamic and positive change to a tired out and inert Council.” Vicki said.
Vicki was elected after receiving 1,239 votes.
“This campaign was not fought with slander or sleaze, it was fought with positivity and the shared desire to help transform Worthing into a better place,” Vicki said in a short speech on the steps of the Town Hall following the vote count on December 3rd after winning 50% of the vote.
“Our message of equality, respect and environmental optimism was heard and recognised by the wonderful residents of Marine Ward. Decency is coming to Worthing Council one step at a time – make no mistake it sis well and truly on its way, because there is no place for hate here.” She said.
Conservative Syed Ahmed finished second with 972 votes, the Green Party’s Sonya Mallin polled 145 votes and Lib Dem Emma Norton received 112 votes.
The Council Labour group, led by Cllr Dr Beccy Cooper welcomed Cllr Martin McCabe (Tarring), a former Liberal Democrat who crossed the floor to join the party on 26 November.