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Gary Howman wins by-election for Fairstead ward on West Norfolk council as UKIP loses 19pc of its vote

PUBLISHED: 11:34 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:35 12 May 2017

Gary Howman, who has held the Fairstead ward on West Norfolk council. Picture: Submitted

Gary Howman, who has held the Fairstead ward on West Norfolk council. Picture: Submitted

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The result of a by-election for the Fairstead ward on West Norfolk council has been announced.

Labour’s Gary Howman held the seat after coming first with 254 votes. Conservative Ron Mortimer came second with 189, ahead of Michael Stone (UKIP) 68 and Rob Colwell (Lib Dem) with 66.

According to Twitter feed @britainelects, the result leaves Labour with 44pc of the vote, an increase of 5pc. Conservatives had 32pc - a 2pc gain, UKIP 11.8pc - a 19pc loss and the Lib Dems 11.4pc - an 11.4pc gain.

The by-election was called after the death of sitting councillor Ian Gourlay, who passed away in February. Turnout at yesterday’s poll was 12.8pc.

Mr Howman said after the count: “I’m just very pleased that people came out and supported me. I hope to continue the good work Ian Gourlay did.”

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