LibDems celebrating poll victory

SHEFFIELD'S Liberal Democrats were celebrating victory today after winning the East Ecclesfield by-election with a big majority.

Lib Dem candidate Coun Colin Taylor won with 2,239 votes – a majority of 819.

Labour candidate Zoe Sykes finished second with 1,420 votes while BNP candidate John Sheldon finished in third place with 710 votes, beating the Conservative candidate John Hattersley into fourth position with 564 votes.

The Green party's Mia Safir Green received 107 votes.

Turnout was 36 per cent.

The seat, formerly held by the Lib Dems' Coun Patricia Fox, became available when she stepped down due to ill health after serving in the ward for 10 years.

It was the first local election since the Lib Dems took hold of the city council in May last year.

Coun Taylor said: "I'm delighted to be elected to serve the local people of Chapeltown, Ecclesfield and Parson Cross."

Coun Paul Scriven, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: "This is fantastic news for Sheffield Lib Dems. It shows that local people have seen how we have started to deliver for them, after years of Labour disappointment."

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