Labour holds Mile Cross in Norfolk County Council election

Chrissie Rumsby, newly-elected county councillor for Mile Cross. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Chrissie Rumsby, newly-elected county councillor for Mile Cross. Photo by Simon Finlay. - Credit: EDP pics © 2011(01603) 772434

Labour comfortably held Mile Cross in a Norfolk County Council by-election triggered when a councillor resigned.

People in the Norwich division went to the polls yesterday to vote for a candidate to step into the shoes of Deborah Gihawi.

Nurse Chrissie Rumsby succeeded her former party colleague with 749 votes, well clear of the 279 votes garnered by second placed Conservative candidate Chelsea Bales.

Green Richard Edwards, who had previously represented the division at County Hall, came third with 209 votes, UKIP candidate Michelle Ho was fourth 148 while Liberal Democrat Tom Dymoke was last with 62 votes.

Mrs Gihawi stepped down in May. She had been suspended by her party after comments she made on Facebook, but quit days after it was lifted, stating she had been put 'under pressure in other areas'.

The county council is currently controlled by an alliance of Labour, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats, supported by the Greens, with the Conservative group in opposition.

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