The Conservatives have held Hockley North in tonight’s District Council by-election. Their candidate , Mike Carter , won:
Conservatives 297 (49.5 %)
BNP 176 (29.3 %)
Lib Dems 127 (21.2%)
The turn-out was 36.5 %
The result last time round, in 2004 , was Conservatives 473, Labour 143.
The Conservatives started campaigning very late but won through in the end, so Mike Carter can feel pleased with winning in difficult circumstances.
The BNP threw everything but the kitchen sink into their campaign- with about 10 of their party members outside the polling station in the evening.
As for us, we’ve never even been able to find a candidate for this seat before. So we are very grateful to Mark Pearson for standing here – just about everyone we talk to thinks he’d be a good councillor!
PS in the Rochford Parish by-election, the Conservatives beat Labour by 170 to 120 (13 percent turnout)