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Singer David Van Day has been elected as a local councillor in a by-election.
The former pop star, who rose to fame in the late-1970s as one half of Dollar, stood for the Conservatives in the Aveley and Upland ward on Thurrock Council in Essex.

He won the seat, previously held by independent Tim Aker, by 222 votes.

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Mr Van Day said he was “very happy” to have won after a “hard fought campaign”.
The singer also performed in a version of Bucks Fizz in the 1990s and was also a member of the 1970s vocal group Guys ‘n’ Dolls before turning his hand to reality tv with him being a competitor in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2008.

David also suffered who suffered a heart attack in 2016.

During his heyday, Van Day threw himself into the high-octane celebrity life and reportedly blew £100,000 on cocaine.

But he had a spectacular fall from grace when he declared himself bankrupt and was reduced to selling fast food in Brighton.

Van Day is a big supporter of the Alzheimer’s Society and donated the money raised from telephone calls from his appearance on I’m A Celebrity to the charity.

Mr Van Day, who lives in South Ockendon, had previously stood unsuccessfully for the 2007 local elections in Brighton.

He said: “It was a very hard work, a very hard fought campaign, I had an average of 35,000 steps every day for the last month.

“It was tough against the national backdrop to get people to focus on local issues but I have done that because I have brought it home.”

Mr Van Day said he felt Aveley had been neglected for some time and he wanted to combat traffic issues in the area.

Thurrock Council is currently controlled by the Conservatives.

Thurrock Council reported results of the Aveley and Uplands by-election on Thursday 21 March are David Van Day, The Conservative Party, who was the winning candidate with votes as follows:
• Charles John Curtis (Labour Party) – 394
• David Van Day (The Conservative Party) – 773
• Alan Field (Thurrock Independents) – 551
• Tomas Pilvelis (Liberal Democrat) – 55
A total of 1781 votes were cast, which was a turnout of 24.49%.

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