Lib Dems retain council seat
The Liberal Democrats have held their safest ward in South Gloucestershire with an increased share of the vote.
Louise Harris will represent Dodington alongside party colleague Tony Davis, filling the shoes of the late Gloria Stephen.
But in the absence of a UKIP candidate, the Conservatives also made gains compared to the picture in 2015.
The by-election was just six months before the full council elections in May 2019.
Ms Harris claimed 693 votes (49 per cent), Conservative candidate Ian Livermore had 554 (39 per cent) and 158 backed Labour’s John Malone (11 per cent). The turnout was 24 per cent.
Accepting the nomination, Ms Harris thanked her campaign team and said: “Democracy is really important and we’ve done it here today. I look forward to representing the people of Dodington.”
Lib Dem group leader Councillor Claire Young said: “Even when the Conservatives threw the kitchen sink at it, we still won convincingly.
“I’m delighted to welcome Louise to our group. She has the energy and determination to make a real difference to the council.
“The voters have clearly chosen to reward our positive campaign.”
Dodington has been a Lib Dem seat since 1983.
Councillor Toby Savage, the Conservative leader of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Congratulations to Louise.
“I’m encouraged by the significant gains we made in the Liberal Democrats’ safest seat in South Gloucestershire. I’m very happy with the positive campaign we ran. It bodes well for the elections in May.”