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Conservatives win Meopham North by-election

PUBLISHED: 10:38 14 October 2011 | UPDATED: 10:54 14 October 2011

The Meopham village sign welcomes people to the rural community

The Meopham village sign welcomes people to the rural community

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The Conservatives claimed victory in the Meopham North by-election yesterday (October 13). The party finished home comfortably ahead of UKIP in what was essentially a two horse race.

Conservative candidate John Cubitt obtained 648 votes followed by UKIP’s Geoffrey Clark, who polled 462 votes. Liberal Democrat’s David Gibson and Labour’s Andrew Mylett trailed behind on 148 and 112 votes respectively.

The results of the Meopham North borough ward by-election show that support for UKIP is increasing. Even though the election was won by the Conservatives, UKIP secured 34 per cent of the vote.

Turnout was low at 38 per cent.

The by-election was prompted by the resignation of Conservative councillor Laura Hryniewicz.

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