Comfortable by-election win for Lib Dems


The Liberal Democrat candidate, Steve Cook, had a comfortable win in the Wallington South by-election on Thursday, 11 June, easily retaining the seat on Sutton Council for his party.

The by-election was caused by the sad death in March of Cllr Colin Hall, Deputy Leader of the council.

Steve defeated the Conservative candidate by more than 300 votes.  He polled 1,241 votes (44.1% of the total vote), up 6.9% on the 2014 local election. 

The results for the other candidates were:

Conservative 936 (33% of the total), Labour 181 (6.4%), Independent 180 (6.4%), UKIP 164 (5.8%) and Green 162 (4.3%). The UKIP share of the vote fell by more than 10% leading to an increase in the Tory vote. 

The turnout for the by-election was 35.34%. 

Chair of the by-election campaign team and fellow ward councillor, Jayne Mccoy, said:  “Steve had already shown his passion for Wallington by taking an active role in the community. I am delighted that he can now bring his commitment and energy to his new role as councillor for Wallington South.”  

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Lib Dem Leader of Sutton Council, congratulated Steve on his 'resounding win' and thanked all the supporters who turned out to help.

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