Horsham Liberal Democrats had a great day in the local elections, gaining another county seat in Horsham East, holding Riverside and Hurst and coming within a few votes of a clean sweep by taking Holbrook. They also won the district by-election in Trafalgar ward, retaining the seat with an increased majority.
Elsewhere in the Horsham area, we increased our vote share in many of the seats, coming second in: Broadbridge, St Leonard's Forest and Southwater & Nuthurst. Thank you to everyone who voted for a Liberal Democrat candidate at the 2021 Local Elections.
Party Chair, Jay Mercer, the new county councillor for Horsham East, said: “We’re really pleased that Horsham voters have shown they want change and trusted us to make it happen. The elections remind us all that the Tories only have a minority of the vote in the Horsham area; it’s only the system that keeps them in power. We have two years until the next district elections to do something about that.”
Martin Boffey, newly elected Councillor for Trafalgar on HDC said:
“I’m thrilled to have won the Trafalgar by-election and am humbled and grateful that so many of the residents of this wonderful neighbourhood have put their faith in me.
It is striking that the turnout in Trafalgar was very nearly 50%, which was higher than any of the County elections. This illustrates that the people of this community wanted to send a message to the Conservative-led District Council about how badly they feel they have been treated, in particular regarding the proposals for Rookwood Golf Course.
I look forward to getting on with the job of making sure their voice is heard on this and other issues of concern.”
John Milne, Councillor for Horsham Riverside on West Sussex County Council said:
“It’s an honour to represent the people of Riverside. The strength of feeling that Horsham Town is being poorly served by both our District and County Councils is growing. I share the view that too many decisions are pushed through without proper consultation. This has to stop."