Three new councillors were elected to Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council yesterday (Thursday, July 9) with results announced earlier today.
A by-election was called following the death Jeremy Birch (borough councillor for Central St Leonards and county councillor for Old Hastings and Tressell) and the resignation of Matthew Lock (borough councillor for St Helens).
The night saw two victories for Labour and one for the Conservatives.
Terri Dowling won the Central St Leonards seat for Labour, a hold for the party.
Tania Charman won the Old Hastings and Tressell seat for Labour, another hold for the party.
Martin Clarke won the St Helens seat for the Conservatives, a hold for the party.
This means the composition of Hastings Borough Council is now 24 Labour and eight Conservative councillors — unchanged from the pre-May position.
The full results for the borough council seats were as follows:
Central St Leonards
Dowling (Lab) 481 (44.0%)
Rankin (Con) 259 (23.7%)
Gross (Ind) 184 (16.8%)
Hill (UK Ind) 77 (7.0%)
Dixon (Green) 75 (6.9%)
Tait (Lib Dem) 17 (1.6%)
Swing (from 2014): 10.0% from Lab to Con
Clarke (Con) 663 (43.5%)
Crane (Lab) 557 (36.5%)
Spencer-Holmes (Lib Dem) 136 (8.9%)
Pankhurst (UK Ind) 120 (7.9%)
Petts (Green) 48 (3.1%)
Swing (from 2014): 0.7% from Lab to Con
Total Votes Cast: 2,622
Total Election Turnout: 34.1%
The full results for the county council seat are as follows:
Old Hastings and Tressell division
Charman (Lab) 961
Cooke (Con) 368
Needham (Green) 149
Norton (UKIP) 174
Rayment (Lib Dem) 48
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