Get involved: Send your news, views, pictures and video by texting SUPIC to 80360 or email us.
Lib Dem councillor overturns 1,000 Conservative majority in Arun by-election
11:58am Friday 15th March 2013 in News
A newly-elected councillor overturned a majority of nearly 1,000 to win his seat.
West Sussex county councillor Paul Wells took an Arun District authority seat for the Liberal Democrats in a tight three-way fight.
UK Independence Party came third, only 44 votes short of the winner in the previously safe Tory ward of Aldwick East.
The by-election yesterday was caused by the death of councillor Robin Brown, who secured more than 1,200 votes when elected in May 2011.
The results were Paul Wells (Lib Dem) 383, Bill Smee (Conservative) 357, Janet Taylor (Ukip) 339, and Richard Dawson (Labour) 61.
This was a swing of 21% from Conservatives to Liberal Democrats.
See the latest news headlines from The Argus:
- Victim "fabricated" sex assault story - day eleven of Albion players' trial
- Dad-of-two was visiting brother and nephew when he was gunned down in Hove
- UPDATE: A27 closed in both directions near Worthing after serious accident
- Brighton and Hove enjoys overseas visitor boost of £12m
- Plant could be fighting germs