Charlie Swan *Photo by Ras Mykkal
Charlie Swan *Photo by Ras Mykkal
The UBP have maintained their narrow toehold in Southampton after voters picked Charlie Swan in yesterday's by-election.

Mr. Swan promised to make himself available to constituents "24 hours a day, 365 days a year" after he beat PLP candidate Marc Bean 427 votes to 312. A third candidate, independent Raymond Davis, picked up 24 votes in the race for Southampton West Central.

Mr. Swan said last night: "I am really pleased and excited by the result. There's been a lot of hard work put into this by my family and my UBP teammates, and I would like to thank them for making my election possible. To the people of Southampton West Central, I look forward to representing them. I look forward to working with them and being available to them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That was my pledge during the election campaign and that is exactly what I will do."

Mr. Bean said: "It was the will of the people. I'm still willing to serve and will continue to work hard for the good of Bermuda."

Yesterday marked the second time that Mr. Bean - who is a junior minister for tourism and transport - has failed to win the seat. At last year's general election, he lost to UBP candidate Jon Brunson by just fewer than 150 votes. The by-election was called when Mr. Brunson decided to step down in October. The other three seats in Southampton are all held by PLP MPs.