Bridlington Ward Election reaction

Bridlington South - councillors Chadwick, Robson and Finlay
Bridlington South - councillors Chadwick, Robson and Finlay

It was a day to remember for the UK Independence Party in Bridlington after three councillors were elected at the East Riding Ward election.

Husband and wife Malcolm and Thelma Milns were elected for the Bridlington Central and Old Town and Bridlington North wards respectively with David Robson making up the trio by winning the Bridlington South Ward.

Bridlington North - Councillors Harrap, Milns and Matthews

Bridlington North - Councillors Harrap, Milns and Matthews

David Robson won the Bridlington South Ward seat from Conservative candidate Chad Chadwick as he won the election with 1,891 votes.

He said: “I am very humbled to have won my seat in Bridlington South Ward. I have lived in Bridlington all my life and I feel I can give something back to the residents of the town. I know a lot of people in the town and I am glad they have put faith in me and I intend to represent them well in the future.”

Councillor Shelagh Finlay was re-elected in the Bridlington South Ward and was the only Labour candidate to earn a seat in East Yorkshire.

Councillor Finlay received 1,836 ahead of returning Conservative councillor Margaret Chadwick with 1,775 votes.

Bridlington Central and Old Town councillors Malcolm Milns and Richard Burton

Bridlington Central and Old Town councillors Malcolm Milns and Richard Burton

She said: “I am really delighted to have retained my seat and I would like to thank everyone for voting for me. I have enjoyed the last four years and now I am looking forward to the next four.”

In the Bridlington Central and Old Town election it was the Conservative candidate Richard Burton who came out on top to keep his seat with 1,925 votes.

He said: “I am very pleased to have been elected for the third time in this ward. The region is close to my heart and I would like to continue improving the area like we have with Sewerby Hall and Gardens and the Leisure Centre in the town. I am really looking forward to the next four years with the regeneration.”

Second place was earned by UKIP candidate Malcolm Milns who received 1,653 votes and replaced the late Social Democratic Party candidate Ray Allerston.

He said: “To say I am pleased would be an understatement. I stood in Bridlington because I love the place. The Tour de Yorkshire showed the world what we can do and hopefully we can attract more events in the town as we deserve it.”

Thelma Milns caused an upset in the Bridlington North Ward as she won a seat from Conservative candidate John Wilkinson.

Conservatives Richard Harrap and Chris Matthews retained their seats with 3,115 and 2,505 votes respectively. Councillor Harrup said: “I am pleased to be representing Bridlington North Ward and I will do everything I can for the residents of the area. My aim is to work with my colleagues to improve the health and social care in the town.”

Thelma Milns can third in the running, receiving 2,185 votes and was not surprised by UKIP’s presence in the East Riding.

She said: “I knew we were popular in the Bridlington area but I did not expect three seats today. I will do my best to help and represent the Bridlington public. It is a fantastic achievement for UKIP.”

Bridlington Central and Old Town

1. Richard Burton (Conservatives) - 1925 votes

2. Malcolm Milns (UKIP) - 1653 votes

Bridlington North

1. Richard Harrap (Conservatives) - 3115 votes

2. Chris Matthews (Conservatives) - 2505 votes

3. Thelma Milns (UKIP) - 2185 votes

Bridlington South

1. David Robson (UKIP) - 1891 votes

2. Shelagh Finlay (Labour) - 1836 votes

3. Margaret Chadwick (Conservatives) - 1775 votes