Last Thursday, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Newbury Town Council by-election in Clay Hill, Stuart Gourley, won the seat with 40% of the vote.
The by-election, which was called following the disqualification of a Conservative councillor for lack of attendance at meetings, was contested by the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives, the Greens and Labour. The full results are as below:
Liberal Democrats: 705 (40%)
Conservative: 656 (37%)
Green Party: 269 (15%)
Labour: 111 (6%)
Stuart Gourley said on his victory:
"It was great to be able to get out and hear from the residents of Clay Hill over the campaign, and thank you for the warm welcome.
This result is a result for someone who lives in Newbury, who cares about Newbury, our town and our community.
It’s a result for making Newbury a greener, more caring and compassionate place.
It’s a result to send a message, a message that residents want change, a message that residents want to be listened to and heard.
The result is a validation of the great work that the Liberal Democrat led Newbury Town Council has been doing, and will continue to do in behalf of residents.
It's important to remember that this seat was a seat for the Conservative to defend, and they didn’t. This is a Conservative loss, and a gain for the residents of Clay Hill, Newbury and the Liberal Democrats. The Conservatives are now all but extinct in Newbury, and can’t claim to talk for the town."