Lib Dems hold North Walsham East county hall seat in by-election

Eric Seward.

Eric Seward. - Credit: Archant

Liberal Democrats have held the North Walsham East seat on Norfolk County Council, after Eric Seward topped the poll in a by-election.

Mr Seward, who is also a North Norfolk district and North Walsham town councillor, polled 1044 votes which was 479 ahead of his nearest challenger UKIP's Lynette Comber.

He succeeds two other Lib Dems - former Lib Dem group leader at county hall Paul Morse, who stood down at the last elections, and Ed Foss who held it, then had to resign for work reasons after four months.

Labour's Steve Burke came third with 442, with Conservative Rhodri Oliver fourth with 359.

Also standing were the Green Party whose Paul Oakes polled 80 votes, and independent Graham Jones who polled 61.

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The turnout in the 8692-voter seat was 29.48pc.

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