Labour fifth in Chelmsford poll

THE Conservatives held a seat on Chelmsford borough council on Thursday in a by-election caused by the death of Maurice Hurrell, councillor for the Little Baddow, Danbury and Sandon ward.

By Graham Dines

THE Conservatives held a seat on Chelmsford borough council on Thursday in a by-election caused by the death of Maurice Hurrell, councillor for the Little Baddow, Danbury and Sandon ward.

With more than a quarter of the electorate going to the polls, Tory Robert Shepherd had a majority of 495 over the Liberal Democrat candidate, with Labour pushed into third place with just 60 votes. The swing from Tory to Lib Dem was 9.2%.

Result in full: Robert Shepherd (Con) 940, David Whiteing (Lib Dem) 445, Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party) 94, Colin Budgey (Green Party) 91, Joanna Grindrod (Lab) 90. Con majority: 495. No change. Turnout 25.37%.


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Political composition of the council is: Conservatives 35, Lib Dems 20, Labour 2.

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