Labour wins Kingswood by-election

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Labour has retained its Kingswood seat at a South Gloucestershire Council by-election. Julie Snelling received 1,911 votes ahead of the Conservatives ’ Gagan Singh with 792, Lib Dem James Corrigan on 590 and Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition’s Amy Sage with 178.

The poll, which coincided with the General Election on Thursday, July 4, was triggered by the resignation of former councillor and cabinet member Leigh Ingham who successfully ran to be Labour’s new MP for Stafford. Kingswood ward has two councillors, the other being Cllr Sean Rhodes who replaced Cllr Ingham in the council’s cabinet as member for communities and local place after she quit to run for Parliament.

Unlike the huge swings seen in the General Election from the Tories to Labour, there was only a tiny increase in Labour’s majority in Kingswood in terms of percentage. Cllr Snelling said on Facebook: “To the people of Kingswood I’d like to say thank you so much for your support and putting your faith in the Labour Party.

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“I’m really looking forward to working hard for those people who voted for me and the residents of Kingswood.” Labour group leader and council co-leader Cllr Ian Boulton said: “I am absolutely delighted that Julie Snelling will be working with Sean Rhodes to represent Kingswood on South Gloucestershire Council after her predecessor, Leigh Ingham, was successfully elected to become a Member of Parliament in the recent General Election.

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“I have known Julie as a friend and colleague for nearly 30 years and I know she will be a formidable champion for the residents of Kingswood. We are immensely proud of both Julie and Leigh following their electoral successes.”