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Chief reporter tops poll to win council seat

Regional press journalist Julie Bull has won a seat on Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, after topping the polls at the local elections.

Conservative Party candidate Julie, who works full-time for the Times and Echo Group in Staffordshire, will represent Cheadle North East after polling 463 votes.

The win comes two years after she served as mayor of her home town of Cheadle, something she credits as a help to her win.

She had stood as a district councillor on three previous occasions on different wards without success.

Julie, (43), told HoldtheFrontPage: “I was mayor in 2004/2005 and people really supported me. During that time we raised £18,000 for local charities as well as the tsunami disaster.”

Julie has also served as a councillor for Cheadle Town Council for the past 12 years and retained her seat this time.

Her ‘day job’ is chief reporter for the Times and Echo Group, which publishes the Cheadle and Tean Times, the Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook Times and the Uttoxeter Echo.

She first joined the group in 1981, working there for 11 years before taking time out to raise a family and returning five years ago.

She said: “The council meetings are at night and I don’t work evenings unless I’m covering council meetings so it works quite well.

“If Boris Johnson can do it then so can I!”

Julie’s Conservative colleague Barrie Mycock was also elected as a district councillor after polling 402 votes.

The result meant the pair toppled council leader Ron Locker and his wife Margaret.