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The newest member of Sheffield Council has pledged to work to bring the community together in Arbourthorne.

Coun Mike Drabble won Thursday’s Arbourthorne ward by-election with 52 per cent of the vote, strengthening Labour’s controlling majority on the authority.

The 42-year-old Sheffield College student support worker, of White Lane, Charnock, said: “My focus is going to try to bring people together.

“We have a lot of people out there who leave college without the prospect of jobs.

“We have a lot of elderly people finding it tough and a lot of working people who can’t make ends meet.

“My job is going to be out in the community, seeing how we can help each other, focusing on the community spirit Arbourthorne has always had.”

The by-election was called after the death of Labour member John Robson, 65, from cancer in October.

Coun Drabble polled 1,398 votes, ahead of UKIP’s Bob Sheridan with 482. Conservative Peter Smith was third with 213, ahead of Alan Munro, of Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts with 204.

Liberal Democrat Susan Ross trailed home in fifth place, with 161 votes, ahead of Green Party candidate Jennyfer Barnard, with 143 and English Democrat David Wildgoose with 75.

Coun Julie Dore, council leader and Labour member for Arbourthorne, said the victory was ‘not unexpected’.

She said: “We have worked hard at a local level following the sad death of Mr Robson.

“We have an excellent candidate who can be a very good local councillor and part of the Labour team.

“Local people are endorsing what we are doing in the city and continue to show faith in the Labour administation.”




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