Election success for Blur drummer and top footballer’s nephew
Dave Rowntree is now an elected politician, but 'no-one else from Blur is running for county council'.
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has said he is "genuinely humbled" to have been elected to Norfolk County Council.
In his first election victory, Rowntree held the seat for Labour with 59% of the votes.
Rowntree has been a Labour activist since 2002 and stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the Cities of London and Westminster constituency in 2010. He then attempted to be Labour’s candidate for Norwich South but lost out to Clive Lewis.
Rowntree told the BBC he was "genuinely humbled to be elected as a councillor".
He added: "No-one else from Blur is running for county council but you never know. We are an unpredictable lot."
Despite Rowntree’s success, it was the Conservatives who took control of Norfolk County Council after stealing nine seats from UKIP.
Elsewhere, Conservative Ben Houchen became the inaugural Tees Valley Mayor. In a shocking blow to Jeremy Corbyn’s party, the 30-year-old councillor triumphed after second preference votes were counted in the Labour-friendly region.
Houchen may not be as high-profile as Rowntree but his uncle is well-known to football fans of a certain age.
Keith Houchen scored a memorable diving header to win the FA Cup for Coventry City in 1987 – and he recently backed his nephew saying there was “a hat trick of reasons to cheer for Ben”.
The former footballer, who started his professional career at Hartlepool United, also told the Hartlepool Mail: “I have been a Conservative my whole life but this time it’s personal.”
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