Matlock votes Labour for the first time in 50 years

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Matlock residents have voted in a Labour County Councillor for the first time in over 50 years.

Andy Botham’s victory over Steve Flitter, leader of Derbyshire’s Lib Dem group, in last week’s county council elections came as a surprise to many.

Mr Botham told the Mercury: “I’m feeling extremely good about my victory and I’m looking forward to starting work on a manifesto.

“Matlock will benefit enormously by having a Labour councillor, especially now we are the controlling group in Derbyshire. Matlock residents will have a voice and it will be heard.”

Commenting on his success, Mr Botham said it was down to a “long, hard fought” campaign where he got to as many people in the area as he “possibly could”.

However, he added that being born in Matlock, raised on the town’s Hurst Farm estate and educated in the town put him in a “good position” to understand and relate to the difficulties people in the area face.

For the past 25 years Andy, 45, has been employed as a train driver and has been a union representative for ASLEF for 20 years dealing with individuals’ problems and resolving workplace issues.

Andy has been happily married for over 20 years to Deborah, a secondary school teacher, and they have 2 teenage daughters.