THE Conservatives retained the Wyreside seat on Lancashire County Council at last Thursday’s by-election, with Tory candidate Coun Viv Taylor romping home to an easy win.
Coun Taylor, a civil servant from Knott End, who is already a member of Wyre and Preesall councils, topped the poll with 2,178 votes.
Runner up was Labour candidate Kevin Higginson of Preesall with 877 votes.
The UK Independence Party’s Simon Noble of Oakenclough came third with 361 and the Green Party’s Sue White, from Pilling, bottom of the poll with 339 votes.
County Coun Taylor succeeds County Coun Bob Mutch (Conservative) as representative for Wyreside. County Coun Mutch passed away in August following a battle with cancer.
The newly elected county councillor said: “I relish the opportunity of serving the people of Wyreside and will work to continue Bob’s legacy. This election victory has been a real team effort and I would like to thank everyone for their support.”
County Coun Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome Vivien to the Conservative team at County Hall. It is always difficult when replacing a much loved and respected councillor in such sad circumstances, but I know Vivien will serve the people of Wyreside with the same dedication and commitment as Bob.”
The Wyreside division, which covers the Wyre wards of Pilling, Preesall, Hambleton and Great Eccleston, has 13,545 voters. There was a turnout of just over 25 per cent.
Following the result of the Wyreside By-election, the political composition of the county council is: Conservative 51, Labour 17, Liberal Democrats 9, Independent 3, Green 2, British National Party 1, Idle Toad Party 1.
* Letters, pages 6 and 7