Conservatives triumph in Blythe by-election - The Solihull Observer

Conservatives triumph in Blythe by-election

Solihull Editorial 2nd Mar, 2018   0

THE CONSERVATIVES were victorious in the Blythe ward by-election attaining more than three quarters of the total vote.

James Butler managed to increase the proportion of the Conservative vote by around 26 per cent after yesterday’s (March 1) polling day.

The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ – Siberian weather conditions passing over the UK – failed to prevent nearly 16 per cent of Blythe residents turning out to vote.

The Labour Party managed to win around 14 per cent of the vote (224 votes)- up 4.6 per cent since the last council elections.

While the Liberal Democrats won around 10 per cent (174 votes).

But both fell a long way short of Mr Butler’s convincing 76 per cent (1252 votes).

The by-election was called after the resignation of Conservative councillor Alex Insley for personal reasons.

Mr Butler will occupy the seat until it is placed for re-election in 2020.

The by-election was triggered in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972 which requires a poll to be held within 35 working days of the returning officer receives requests for one.

A Solihull council spokesperson estimated the total cost of the by-election to be in the region of £13,000.

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