Amersham elected a new town councillor for its Amersham Town ward on April 7.

Liberal Democrat candidate Dr Elizabeth Shepherd took the seat with 47.3 percent of votes, closely followed by Conservative’s Clive Morgan with 42 percent.

Dr Shepherd thanked everyone who turned out to vote and added: “I plan to speak up for all our residents on the issues that matter to them.

“Issues such as the state of the roads and pavements and access to the quality of care they need from the NHS.

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“I look forward to meeting many more local residents in the months and years to come."

The Green party candidate Jacob Gocher received 7.7 percent of votes while Labour’s Matthew Boyd got 2.9 percent.

Bucks Free Press: A placard outside a house in Amersham a day after the election.A placard outside a house in Amersham a day after the election.

The MP for Chesham and Amersham, Sarah Green MP, commented her party’s win on social media:

“Thank you to the residents of Amersham Old Town for electing Elizabeth Shepherd as your new Liberal Democrat Town Councillor.

“I'm delighted she won and I look forward to working with her on issues affecting the town."

Now, the Liberal Democrats have nine councillor in the Town Council, while the Conservatives have six. 

Conservative’s Mark Dormer, Buckinghamshire Councillor for Penn Wood & Old Amersham commented: “It was a hard fought campaign by both sides and the Liberals pipped it.

He commented the voting history: “After the Liberals enjoyed a 21 percent lead over the Conservatives in the 2021 Parliamentary By-election, winning was always going to be a big ask.

“But to see this lead cut to just 5 percent in less than a year, shows the direction of momentum.”

Turnout for the by-election stood at 41 percent out of the eligible electorate.  

A total of 848 votes were cast, while the electorate has 2062 people in its books.

A former healthcare worker and academic, Dr Shepherd has lived in Amersham for 20 years and volunteerd with Amersham in Bloom. 

She has a PhD in Public Health and Policy. 

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