Roger comes up trumps with 796 votes

Roger Needham
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The UK Independence Party (UKIP) was jubilant on Friday after scooping two seats in the Seaford area at the county council elections as well as enjoying success in the town council by-election.

Three people stood in the by-election for the East ward after town councillor Maxine Buck resigned and UKIP’s Roger Needham (pictured) came up trumps after receiving 796 votes, nearly double the amount of Liberal Democrat Eleas Hussain who had 412 votes.

Conservative Christopher Payne also stood on the by-election and came third with 376 votes.

The result will see Cllr Needham become the second UKIP councillor on the current town council. UKIP Councillor Alan Latham joined the town council team last year after another by-election in Seaford when Andrew Hamilton quit as a councillor.

Cllr Needham, who is married with two sons, retired from the Sussex Police in 2008 and also served in the Bermuda Police.

Cllr Latham said, “I’m absolutely delighted of course to have doubled the UKIP presence on Seaford Town Council, the net effect of which must be to improve the democrat approach the council takes to important issues.

“These issues include the sale and subsequent closure of Seaford Day Hospital, the decision to defer and possibly cancel any sort of tree planting in road side verges and the decision to spend £1.8 million rebuilding Seaford Head Golf Course Club House. Both Roger and I feel that there should have been more public participation in these particular decisions and look forward to persuading the council to involve the public more in such important decisions.”

• For the county council results for the Seaford area turn to page 12.