Torrisholme by-election results

John Bates.
John Bates.

A CAFE owner and staunch supporter of the Winter Gardens has been elected as town councillor for Torrisholme.

John Bates, owner of the Green Room in Morecambe town centre, beat Tony Wade of the Morecambe Bay Independents (MBIs) by just 13 votes in a by-election on Thursday.

Mr Bates, a member of the Friends of the Winter Gardens theatre, stood for election under the group name of ‘Morecambe Matters’.

The by-election was called after MBI councillor Geoff Marsland quit Morecambe Town Council earlier this year.

The full results were:

John Bates (Morecambe Matters) - 363 votes

Tony Wade (Morecambe Bay Independents) - 350 votes

Martyn Jowett (Labour) - 224 votes

Steve Williams (Morecambe Independent for Public Accountability) - 147 votes