18.1% swing to Tories in Bicknacre

A REMARKABLE 18.1% swing from the Liberal Democrats enabled the Conservatives comfortably to hold the Bicknacre and East and West Hanningfield division in yesterday's by-election to Chelmsford borough council.

By Graham Dines

A REMARKABLE 18.1% swing from the Liberal Democrats enabled the Conservatives comfortably to hold the Bicknacre and East and West Hanningfield division in yesterday's by-election to Chelmsford borough council.

The result was:

Michael Harris (Conservative) 737


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David Whiteing (Lib Dem) 151

John Knott (Labour) 70

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Conservative majority: 586

The election was held following the resignation of Councillor R Saunders on January 3.

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