Ex-Lord Mayor is defeated at polls
The Conservatives are celebrating taking a council seat long held by their Labour rivals
A Charnwood Borough Council by-election was held on Thursday for Loughborough Southfields Ward.
Tory candidate Ted Parton was elected over Labour's Mary Draycott – a party veteran and former Lord Mayor of Leicester.
The Conservatives gained 538 votes to Labour's 516.
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Liberal Democrat hopeful Diana Brass got 54 votes. The turnout was 1,111 (18.34 per cent).
The seat had been held by Labour since the 1980s. The by-election was called when Councillor Graham Smith resigned to focus on his teaching career.
Councillor Parton will take up his seat on Monday. The Conservatives now have 34 out of 52 seats on the authority.
Tory council leader David Slater said: "I am delighted that Ted has won.
"It shows what can happen when local candidates campaign on local issues. People respond to that message.
"What we have now is a Conservative MP in Nicky Morgan, a Conservative county councillor in myself and now two Conservative borough councillors elected in this part of Loughborough.
"We are a team and we work hard all year round for the benefit of local people."