SITTING councillor Olive Punchion was a popular choice in Biddick & All Saints, even though the ward had the lowest turnout in South Tyneside’s local elections.
For although only 27.7% of those eligible bothered to vote, more than 60% put their cross next to Oliver’s name on the ballot paper.
Dorothy Byers (Con) 111
Olive Punchion (Lab) 1,076
John Howard Wright (UKIP) 593
* Don’t miss Friday’s Shields Gazette for a full round-up of the local election in South Tyneside.