Liberal Democrat Success in Somerton

29 Mar 2024
Stephen Page celebrating his election with Sarah Dyke

Somerset Liberal Democrats are delighted to have held a seat on Somerset Council after the Somerton division by-election on Thursday 28th March. The by-election was prompted by the sad death of Councillor Dean Ruddle. Stephen Page’s win takes the number of Liberal Democrat councillors on Somerset Council to 61, with a majority of 13.

Stephen Page said: “I’m delighted to have won the support of fellow residents and to have been asked to continue Dean’s legacy. I intend to work hard alongside Councillor Tim Kerley on behalf of everyone in Somerton and the surrounding villages and I’m very much looking forward to getting on with the job.”

Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset Council, said: “I would like to thank the residents of Somerton and nearby villages for their support. It’s not an easy time in local government right now, with a broken funding model and extraordinary pressures on social care, but we’re determined to find a way through, to help those in need during the cost-of-living crisis and to continue building a fairer, greener and more resilient council.

“Stephen knows the Somerton area well and will be a very hard-working councillor, as was his predecessor.”

Sarah Dyke, MP for Somerton and Frome, added: “This is a fantastic result and a fitting tribute to all the hard work that Councillor Dean Ruddle did on behalf of Somerton residents.

“The people I spoke to in the town and surrounding villages told me they want politicians who listen to their concerns and are prepared to take action to bring about change.

“I’m looking forward to working with Stephen to protect the environment, improve access to healthcare and fight for vital transport links for the people of this area.”

Result of the Somerton by-election.