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Conservatives regain control of Bingham Town Council

By David Parker

The Conservatives have regained control of Bingham Town Council after all three of its candidates were elected in yesterday's by-election.

The council was previously controlled by a group of independents.

Jane Best (437 votes) and Gareth Williams (361 votes) were elected in Bingham West, defeating Labour candidate Tony Wallace (237 votes). Turnout in the ward was 26.61%.

Jim Costello (610 votes) was elected in Bingham East, defeating Labour candidate Karen Coombes (408 votes). Turnout in the ward was 18.25%.

The by-elections were held following the resignations of three independent councillors - former deputy mayor Mrs Tracey Kerry, former planning committee chairman Mr Kevin Hayes-Heath and Elizabeth Hutchison.

There are now seven Conservatives and five independents on the council.

A further by-election could be held on December 14 to fill vacancies left by the resignations of former Mayor Mr Alan Harvey and councillor Alison Langford.


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