Tories suffer as Lib Dems win Spelthorne by-election

From Get Surrey:

THE Liberal Democrats have held on to their Sunbury Common ward seat on Spelthorne Borough Council in a by-election that saw the Conservatives pushed into fourth place.

Bernie Spoor, 70, was elected with a 190-vote majority on Wednesday night (December 19).

Tory candidate Matthew Want came in fourth place with just 115 votes, beaten by John Went for Labour (129) and Robert Bromley for UKIP (182).

Cllr Spoor gained 372 votes in a by-election with just a 13.5% voter turnout.

Spelthorne Lib Dem councillor Ian Beardsmore said:

“We are delighted, we got double the amount of votes that UKIP did but the real shock is that the Tories came last.”

Conservative member for Laleham and Shepperton Green, Cllr Richard Smith-Ainsley, said:

“It was a poor turnout that isn’t representative because it was so low.

By-elections traditionally have a low turnout but this is extremely low. It is a strong Lib Dem area.”

The four candidates went head-to-head for the seat previously held by Lib Dem councillor Robbie Colison Crawford, who resigned earlier this year due to pressing family commitments and ill health.

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