Green and UKIP candidates win local by-elections

Three by-elections took place this week in the Lancaster district.
Three by-elections took place this week in the Lancaster district.

Two Green councillors have been elected in former Labour seats in the Lancaster City Council by-elections held in Lancaster this week.

And a UKIP councillor has been elected in the Westgate by-election for Morecambe Town Council, winning by just one vote.

Jack Filmore will become the University ward’s new councillor, with 273 votes.

He replaces Labour councillor Paul Aitchison, who stood down earlier this year.

Labour candidate James Joseph Leyshon received 237 votes, Daniel Aldred (Cons) received 128 votes, Oliver Mountjoy (Lib Dems) received 33 votes and Stuart Langhorn (Independent) received 24 votes.

Turnout was 25.21 per cent.

In Scotforth West ward, Abi Mills has become the new councillor, with 823 votes, after a recount was held.

She replaces Labour councillor Josh bancroft, who recently stepped down from the role.

The Green candidate beat Labour’s Colin Hartley, who received 802 votes.

Janet Wilson (Cons) received 517 votes, Phil Dunster (Lib Dems) received 80 votes and Steve Metcalfe (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) received 49 votes.

Turnout was 42.87 per cent.

Morecambe Town Council’s Westgate by-election was the closest fought of the three, with UKIP candidate Steven Thomas Ogden winning by just one vote with 498 following a recount.

Labour candidate Alan Biddulph received 497 votes, while Terry Ingle (Morecambe Bay Independents) received 308 votes.

Turnout was 29.2 per cent.