Conservatives retain Ely East seat with by-election victory

Lis Every

Lis Every - Credit: Archant

CONSERVATIVE Lis Every won the by-election for the Ely East seat on East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The retired teacher polled 418 votes in Thursday’s count to beat Liberal Democrat Dian Warman, who polled 322 votes, into second place.

Cllr Every said: “We were absolutely delighted, we had a fantastic team working on the election and we all worked extremely hard. I am looking forward to the opportunity to start working for the people of Ely East.

“What was really satisfying to see was that the turnout was high and we even managed to increase our majority margin. I’ve already been contacted by people with issues they would like to me look into and I’m looking forward to starting.”

UKIP candidate Jeremy Tyrrell was third with 146 votes, Labour candidate Jane Frances was fourth with 138 and independent John Borland came in fifth with 93 votes.

The total number of votes cast was 1,121 and the turnout was 33.5 per cent.

The by-election was triggered following the resignation of former mayor of Ely Will Burton, who is moving away from the area.