TONY Egginton has been re-elected mayor of Mansfield by 67 votes after two re-counts on voters’ second preferences.
Mr Egginton defeated Labour’s Steve Yemm, Conservative Victor Bobo, Anna Ellis from the Liberal Democrats and David Hamilton from UKIP in Thursday’s poll.
After the first round of counting Mr Yemm was in front by 800 votes but had failed to gain the required majority.
The new mayor said: “It’s fantastic, I always expected it to be a close call, but not quite as close as that. Steve (Yemm) was gracious in defeat and I look forward to working with him in the future. He is a breath of fresh air for Labour.
“It’s a big victory and that’s the best hat-trick I have ever scored. I hope to repay the people of Mansfield for putting their faith in me.”
He added that his goals for the next four years would be to resolve the General Hospital saga, regenerating the town centre and bringing in development to the former Mansfield Brewery site.
Narrowly beaten Steve Yemm said: “After the first ballot I was 800 votes ahead. When I saw those numbers I always knew it was going to be difficult to win. I needed to be a good six to eight per cent ahead at that stage, but I was just three per cent ahead.
“Some people would blame the electoral system, but I agree with the system and am a supporter of it.”