The Liberal Democrat candidate Richard Dickson has taken the vacant Kenilworth Town Council seat for St John’s Ward after winning last night’s by-election by just 95 votes.
Mr Dickson, who also stood for election to Warwickshire County Council in the same ward but lost, won with 1,297 votes, finishing ahead of Conservative candidate Joe Carter who attracted 1,202 votes.
Jeremy Eastaugh of Labour received 299 votes, Alix Dearing of the Green Party got 127 votes, and Sue Chambers of UKIP got 99 votes. Only two ballot papers were spoiled.
The turnout was 49 per cent out of an electorate of 6,679.
It is the first time the ward has been represented by a Liberal Democrat.
Mr Dickson said: “I feel privileged to have been given this responsibility by the people of St John’s after being out and about meeting hundreds of people on the doorstep and campaigning for many months on a range of important issues affecting the day-to-day lives of ordinary people.
“I look forward to continuing my campaign to defend the services provided for local young families at the St John’s Children’s Centre and to pushing for the lease at Waverley Day Centre, which expired more than two and half years ago, to be renewed by the county council as soon as possible.
“I shall also be encouraging the town council to ensure that the forthcoming consultation on the town’s Neighbourhood Plan is made as open and transparent as possible so that the views of all people, young and old alike, are considered.”
Richard will now join his wife Kate on the town council. His election means the council now has two Liberal Democrats on it, with the other 15 being Conservatives.
The by-election was triggered when former Conservative town councillor Alastair Bates stood down to move to New Zealand.