> UKIP’s much vaunted assault on the North east gets off to a poor start… don’t snigger.
The UK Independence Party was heavily defeated in last night’s Yarm Town Council elections – despite the arrival of party leader Nigel Farage for a meet-and-greet the day before the poll.
The UKIP leader had promised during Wednesday’s visit that the North-east would return a Ukip MEP in next month’s Euro elections.
And he added that more councillors would be joining Teesside’s only Ukip councillor – Stockton Council’s Mark Chatburn.
Mr Chatburn defected from the Conservative party in September and later quit Yarm Town Council.
He was among ran nine candidates to run for the three seats up for grabs in yesterday’s Yarm Town Council election.
Mr Chatburn finished eighth with 368 votes.
Seven ballot papers were rejected. A total of 2,041 were issued – a turnout of 30.24%.
Results in full
Lorraine Meakin (Yarm Residents Association) – 1,110 Elected
Martin William Kenefec (Yarm Residents Association) – 1,036 Elected
William James Wilkinson (Yarm Residents Association) – 976 Elected
Carole Jones (Yarm Independent Association) – 636
Fred Holmes (Yarm Independent Association) – 623
Paddy Morton (Yarm Independent Association) – 441
Tom Reay (UKIP) – 385
Mark Chatburn (UKIP) – 368
Mandy Boylett (UKIP) – 322
Source – Middlesbrough Evening Gazette 25 April 2014