Labour Councillor Elected Deputy Mayor Of Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden’s deputy mayor-elect Cllr Arthur Coote (left) with Labour activist Simon Trimnell

Labour councillor Arthur Coote was elected deputy mayor of Saffron Walden for 2018/19 by nine votes to seven on Monday, coming ahead of Conservative councillor Sam Goddard.

Cllr Coote was elected in 2015 as Labour councillor for Saffron Walden Castle Ward, the first Labour councillor in the town for many years.

Although the only Labour councillor on the town council, his election is an acknowledgment by fellow councillors from other parties of his reputation as a hard-working councillor and a champion for residents’ concerns.