Tories win close fight at Plaistow by-election

CONSERVATIVE candidate Nick Thomas narrowly came out victor in the Plaistow by-election for a seat on Chichester District Council.

He won the seat with 455 votes to the 408 votes polled by Liberal Democrat candidate Ray Cooper in the two-way fight.

The by-election was called after the resignation of Conservative Linda Westmore, some 15 months after the last by-election and less than a year since last May’s full council elections.

It was the fourth by-election for the ward of Plaistow in the past three years and the eighth election in the past nine years.

Cllr Thomas will now represent the Plaistow ward until May 2015 when the next district council elections are due to take place.

He was previously Tory district councillor for Midhurst, but lost his seat at the last election to Independent candidate Gordon McAra.

Cllr Thomas had been a senior member of Chichester District Council and held the portfolio for sport and leisure.

The make up of the district council is unchanged at 37 Conservatives, eight Liberal Democrats and three Independents.

The percentage turn-out for the election was 22.59 per cent.