Victory for Labour at Leicester by-election
Labour have further consolidated their position as the largest political party represented on Leicester City Council.
Candidate Lynn Senior won the Castle Ward by-election held yesterday, prompted by the resignation of previous councillor Matt Follett earlier this summer.
Leicester Green party leader Mr Follett said he could no longer do the job because of his family and work commitments.
The new Labour councillor joins fellow party member Patrick Kitterick and Green Phil Gordon representing the area, which includes Clarendon Park, much of the city centre and parts of Highfields.
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Her victory was announced at Town Hall at 11.30pm last night, collecting 611 votes, nearly 100 more than nearest rival, the Green Party's Dave Dixey, who received 519 votes.
The Conservatives beat the Liberal Democrats into third place, with the UK Independence Party and the Liberal Party far behind.
Turnout on the day was poor, with only 12.65%, or 1,940 out of 15,337 of the ward turning out to vote at the four polling stations.
The victorious candidate said her local links had been the secret to her victory.
She said: "I am delighted to have won. I have had a fantastic team behind me. I really enjoyed the campaign and getting out to speak to residents.
"I think it was important I was a local candidate with time to give to people in my community. I hope to build on the successes of the labour administration at Leicester City Council."