Labour win Horbury by-election


LABOUR have won the Horbury and South Ossett by-election taking the seat from the Conservatives.

Janet Holmes was elected as the new ward councillor winning 1,776 votes in yesterday’s poll.

Conservative candidate Richard Martin Wakefield secured 1,061 votes.

David Alan Dews, the UK Independence Party candidate, came third with 232 votes and Liberal Democrat candidate Mark Andrew Goodair won 200 votes.

Norman Tate, Horbury Independent party, won 93 votes and Mark Harrop, Independent, got 88 votes.

The seat was previously held by Conservative councillor Elizabeth Hick who resigned in May.

The results have strengthened Labour’s control of Wakefield council with a total 40 seats across the district.

The Conservatives have 20 seats and the Independents hold three seats.