Two former MPs elected as councillors
Two former Westcountry MPs have resurrected their political careers after being elected as county councillors in Devon and Cornwall.
Richard Younger-Ross, Liberal Democrat MP for Teignbridge in Devon until 2010, won in Teignmouth yesterday after unseating the town's mayor.
He said: "We campaigned on providing a strong voice for Teignmouth. We listened to the concerns of the people of the town and I am delighted that they have voted for me to represent them with a strong voice on a fair deal for Teignmouth."
Meanwhile in Falmouth, Candy Atherton – MP for Falmouth and Camborne from 1997 to 2005, and Cornwall's most recent Labour MP – won the Smithick ward in the town.
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She said: "I am absolutely delighted the good people of Smithick have elected me as their councillor. I will try to serve them well. And I am looking forward to the challenge with zest."
And a sitting Westcountry MP took a keen interest in the results. Steve and Pat Rogerson – the father and mother of North Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson – won the Bodmin East and Bodmin Central seats respectively.