Tories win by-election but BNP beat Labour

Friday 2pm - THE Conservative Party has retained its political hold on a vast swathe of the Wolds by winning the county council by-election staged on Thursday.

Hugo Marfleet's 1,013 votes secured an enormous majority in the county council's Louth Wolds division.

In fourth place was the British National Party's Rob West, whose 219 votes knocked Labour, with 75 votes, into fifth place but was not far adrift from second placed Independent Daniel Simpson (361 votes) or Eric Needham who polled 304 for the Liberal Democrats.

Barry Gleeson for the UK Independence Party polled 59 of the 2,037 votes cast in a 31.86 per cent turnout.

The election was called following the death of Sheila Roy and now Mr Marfleet from Tetford will represent an electorate of 6,393 people across more than 20 villages including Binbrook, Ludford, South Willingham and Donington on Bain.

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