Chelmsford: Lib Dems Defeat Challengers
The Liberal Democrats were celebrating today after holding on to two seats in the latest council by-elections.
Stephen Robinson, who fought Chelmsford constituency for the party at the 2010 General Election, polled 1,614 votes to win the Chelmsford North seat on Essex County Council.
The party also comfortably saw off the Tory challenge in the tussle for the Patching Hall seat on Chelmsford Borough Council.
Both vacancies were caused by the death of county council opposition leader Tom Smith-Hughes.
Chelmsford Borough - Patching Hall: Lib Dem 842, C 488, Lab 309, Ukip 263, Green 84. (May 2011 - Three seats Lib Dem 1307, 1230, 1116, C 1072, 1053, 1000, Lab 592, 500, 449, Green 283, Ind 143). Lib Dem hold.
Essex County - Chelmsford North: Lib Dem 1,614, C 941, Lab 711, Ukip 435, Green 134. (June 2009 - Lib Dem 2418, C 1659, Lab 405, Green 376, BNP 323). Lib Dem hold.