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Blair ward Tory polled no votes

Shirley Bowes
Shirley Bowes said she did not expect to win the seat

The Tory candidate who stood in Tony Blair's home ward in County Durham has failed to win a single vote.

Conservative Shirley Bowes does not live in the New Trimdon and Trimdon Grange ward, so she was not even able to vote for herself.

Otherwise, Labour retained control of Sedgefield Borough but suffered the loss of six seats. They now have 28.

Independents gained seven, bringing their total to 15, and Lib Dems lost one. There is one Conservative seat.

'Tough game'

Ms Bowes admitted that she had done no campaigning because she knew she had no chance of winning the seat.

She said: "I'm not surprised I didn't get any votes because it's red-hot Labour round here."

She added that she would not be standing again and that her political career was "over even before it started."

When told about the lack of votes for his candidate, Conservative leader, David Cameron, said: "Politics is a tough game."

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