Liberal Democrats win Fence by-election

The Liberal Democrats retained the OLd Laund Booth ward in Thursday’s Pendle Council by-election.

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Their candidate, parish council chairman Brian Newman, polled 427 votes and had a majority of 161 over Conservative Jill Hartley (266).

The other candidates, Mick Waddington (UKIP) and Keiron Hartley (Blue), gained 27 and 13 votes respectively.

The turnout was just under 60 per cent.

The result leaves the Liberal Democrats with 11 councillors. The Conservatives have 19, Labour 18 and the BNP one.