Brian McMullan

The Conservative candidate for the Chadsmead by-election says there are plenty of positives to take despite failing to win the vote.

Brian McMullan was looking to add a Lichfield District Council seat to the one he already holds on Lichfield City Council.

But the Conservatives failed to add to their majority on the local authority after Paul Ray retained the Chadsmead seat for the Lib Dems.

Brian McMullan

Despite also finishing behind Labour, Mr McMullan insisted there were plus points to take from the by-election experience.

“Although the result was disappointing, we fought a good campaign and received some good feedback on the doorstep,” he said.

“Lots of people are happy that the Conservative-led Lichfield District Council is delivering the services they expect, without impacting on the council tax bill.

“I’ll continue to engage with and listen to the people of the Chadsmead ward and we will see where that leads to in 2019.”

The result means the Lib Dems hold their only seat on Lichfield District Council.

But Mr McMullan said the work of Cllr Ray’s predecessor had given him a head start.

“I congratulate Paul and his team on their success and wish him all the best as he takes his seat,” Mr McMullan said. “It is clear that the Liberal Democrats carried a bounce from the work carried out by Marion Bland.

“During the short but intense campaign, our team was on the streets delivering leaflets and knocking on doors in some very cold weather. I am extremely grateful to them for that – I’m only sorry that we did not get the result we worked so hard for.”


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