Nick Fogg almost unseated by admin error at last Friday’s Wiltshire Council election count
Wiltshire came close to experiencing its own La La Land / Moonlight Oscars moment last Friday when an admin error in the count put Nick Fogg, long standing Independent Wiltshire Councillor for Marlborough West into a narrow second place behind Tamara Reay (Conservative).
“I’d even congratulated Tamara on her victory” explained Nick. “If any apologies are due it is to her as she believed that she had taken the seat”.
“It was bizarre and unprecedented” he added. “A genuine administrative mistake, but could have had severe consequences if the error hadn’t been picked up”.
Wiltshire Council apologised for the error, returning officer and Wiltshire Council corporate director, Carlton Brand issued a statement saying “….Unfortunately, there were a couple of errors on the day which were quickly rectified and anyone who was affected was apologised to immediately.”
Thankfully Councillor Fogg’s ‘Moonlight moment’ arrived, albeit later than sooner and he was able to deliver the victor’s address to the count, and be reappointed to represent the residents of Marlborough West division on Wiltshire Council for a further four years.
Nicholas Fogg (Independent): 754 votes
Tamara Reay (Conservative) 507 votes
Sylvia Card (Labour): 121 votes