Ferndown UKIP councillor is shocked but delighted after Dorset County Council election win
IAN Smith woke up this morning to the news that he is one of two councillors who will represent Ferndown and the only member of UKIP to be elected to Dorset County Council.
He said he hadn't attended the count in Christchurch as he had been away.
The retired IT consultant added he was amazed that at 2222 votes he had topped the polls, 35 votes ahead of Conservative John Wilson, the chairman of DCC.
Derek Burt who had represented the ward since 1999 was defeated, polling 2085 votes.
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"In Ferndown each party was able to put forward two candidates and the other UKIP candidate Peter Lucas - who polled 2027 - is better known than me as he is a Ferndown town councillor," said Mr Smith, who admitted that this was the first time he had stood as a candidate in any council election.
A member of UKIP since 2009, he and his family moved to Dorset in 2010.
"I didn't really campaign in Ferndown and as I put my name forward quite late I wasn't even mentioned on the UKIP leaflets," said Ian.
He added:"I knew that UKIP would do well across the country, but it is a shock to find that I am the only UKIP councillor in Dorset. It is an amazing turn of events."
In his spare time Ian works as a volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureau and together with the local manager set up a job support service for unemployed people.
In St Leonards and St Ives the UKIP candidate Robin Grey missed being elected by a whisker. He polled 1116, with Peter Richardson being elected with 1,118 votes.