By-election candidate Anita Cranmer wins Beaconsfield seat

Beaconsfield has a new Buckinghamshire County Councillor. Anita Cranmer (Con)won the divisional seat at yesterday’s (Thursday) by-election with a majority of 999.

The seat became vacant on the death in September of Alan Walters MBE (71), who was first elected to the County Council in May.

Anita Cranmer, who lives in Windsor End, Beaconsfield, stood against Mark Skoyles (Lib Dem), of Edinburgh Road, Marlow.

The poll result:
Anita Cranmer (Con) – 1,298
Mark Skoyles (Lib Dem) – 299
Majority – 999

Anita and husband George have five children and 11 grandchildren. She taught at Wycombe High School for six years and for eight years was a district councillor for Hedgerley and Fulmer. She is a town councillor and Deputy Mayor for Beaconsfield.

Mark Skoyles lives in Marlow with his family and has a sports therapy clinic in the town centre.

Returning Officer Gill Quinton said: “Everyone uses the County Council’s services in some way every day, and I’m pleased Beaconsfield residents have exercised their democratic right tochoose the person they want to represent them and to help make important decisions about millions of pounds of public services provided across Buckinghamshire.”

The County Council’s 49 seats are made up of 41 Conservatives, four Liberal Democrats, two East Wycombe Independents, one Labour and one Independent.