Labour wins Horbury and South Ossett by-election

Rory Bickerton
Rory Bickerton

The Labour Party has held its seat after winning yesterday’s by-election in Horbury and South Ossett.

Rory Bickerton was elected with 1,061 votes (40.3 per cent), ahead of UKIP’s Graham Jesty who got 856 votes (32.5 per cent).

Angela Holwell, of the Conservatives, came third with 504 votes (19.1 per cent), and the Liberal Democrats’ Mark Goodair was fourth with 212 votes (8.1 per cent).

Mr Bickerton, 25, said about the result on Twitter: “Thank you to the people of Horbury and South Ossett for electing me today. I feel honoured and won’t let you down.”

The by-election was called following the death of Coun Brian Holmes.

And the result leaves the make-up of the council unchanged, with Labour holding 52 seats and the Conservatives holding 11.

There was a 20.77 per cent turn-out.