Labour candidate Steve Doran wins Swanscombe by-election by one vote

PUBLISHED: 12:32 06 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:32 06 December 2013

Steve Doran, the Labour Party candidate, has won the Swanscombe ward by-election by one vote.

She was elected on Thursday with 274 votes, just one more than Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association candidate Vic Openshaw.

The Labour candidate secured 29.4 per cent of the vote.

Tweeting following the result, she said: “I am so very happy and proud.”

Stephen Wilders, the UKIP candidate, gained 200 votes (21.4 per cent), while Richard Lees, an Independent candidate, and Steven Jarnell, the Conservative candidate, won 146 (15.6 per cent) and 38 (4 per cent) respectively of the total votes.

Richard Lees tweeted: “Not too disappointed about losing my first election - don’t mind losing to the hard-work and commitment of @girlsteve.”

The by-election followed the death of Cllr Leslie Bobby in September.
He was first elected to the ward in 2003 representing the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association.

There was a turnout of 17.5 per cent.

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