A 21 month long disputed election result has upheld the original declared victor.
Dave Sutton was declared the duly elected candidate for the ward of Northwood & Birches Head in 2008 after a number of recounts.
Independent candidate Eve Maley disputed the result and claimed that she was the rightful winner.
A 21 month long legal process and bitter dispute ensued.
Yesterday after a whole host of High Court hearings, a two day public inquiry at Hanley Town Hall declared that the election and it’s result was lawful.
Mrs Maley was disappointed by the outcome and has now set her sights on standing as a candidate in the forth coming General Election in Stoke-on-Trent Central against sitting MP Mark Fisher.
Speaking in today’s Sentinel Mrs Maley said:
"I don’t regret doing this at all.
"The inquiry has shown that dozens of mistakes have been made, but they have still come down in the council’s favour.
"I’m not just going to give up. This council needs to be challenged and that is why I am going to stand as an MP."
Dave Sutton, who is a member of the Liberal Democrats, spoke exclusively to Pits’n’Pots today and you can hear this Audio Interview at the bottom of this article.
Dave speaks openly and honestly about the stress that this has caused him over the past 21 months.