As some of you may recall a couple of weeks ago, I was advised by someone in my comments that I needn’t bother canvassing in my election as I was going to get thrashed.

This morning, I discovered that Castle Ward was one of the Green Party’s national targets, with activists coming from all over to help out in an attempt to defeat me.

And tonight, I found that I had been elected as the next Councillor from Castle Ward:

Barlow Nick Liberal Democrats 940
Lynn Peter James Green Party 740
Granger Glenn Darren Conservatives 469
Powell Michael Labour 142

If you’re going to earn the people’s trust, first you must trust the people. Thanks to everyone who voted for me, and I may post in more detail tomorrow, but right now it’s past 3am and I need to sleep for a week or two.

UPDATE: And one quick addendum, to ask the power of the internet to help. One of my new colleagues – Mark Cory, who won Wivenhoe Cross from the Conservatives by 24 votes – is only 20. Obviously, this makes him the youngest Councillor in Colchester’s history, but how many councillors younger than him have been elected tonight across the country?