Friday, 26 July 2013

Conservatives Celebrate By-Election Victory in Kingston

Kingston's newest Councillor, Terry Paton
The Conservatives have won the Council seat vacated by the Ex Lib Dem Council leader Derek Osbourne when he was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children last month.

Ex-policeman and business owner Terry Paton won the Beverley ward by-election for the Conservatives, soundly beating the Liberal Democrats in what was once a safe Lib Dem seat.

The huge swing of 9.6% from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives  was only dwarfed by the even bigger swing of 15.7% from the Liberal Democrats to Labour who have gone from being out of the race to being nearly level with the Lib Dems.

The Lib Dems ran a nasty campaign which included a last minute leaflet saying the Conservatives were going to build high rise flats in the area, a completely unfounded allegation.  However local people gave Terry Paton, who had organised several community events the benefit of the doubt and elected him as their new local Councillor on Kingston Council.

The final number of votes was as follows:

  • Conservatives: 1,033
  • Liberal Democrats: 760
  • Labour: 717
  • UKIP: 223
  • Green: 207