Conservatives romp to victory in Banbury by-election

Conservative MP Andrew McHugh NNL-160923-133517001
Conservative MP Andrew McHugh NNL-160923-133517001
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The conservative candidate Andrew John McHugh easily secures victory in the Adderbury, Bodicote and Bloxham ward by-election.

The District Council election was called following the resignation of Tory Councillor Nigel Randall who had been in post since 2012. Randall resigned over his party’s stance on Europe.

Labour candidate Sue Christie came second NNL-160923-133709001

Labour candidate Sue Christie came second NNL-160923-133709001

Upopn resigning from the post Mr Randall said: “I no longer feel that I share the values of a community that has voted to leave the European Union, and cannot in good conscience tolerate the leadership and direction of a majority Tory government that proved disjointed and undecided on such a geopolitically important issue.”

Labour candidate, Sue Christie came in a distant second pushing the Green Party into third who had previously polled well in the ward.

Sue Christie said: “Of course Labour would have liked to have won but second place represents real progress. At the all-out local election in May 2016, the Greens came second in this ward. This time, we edged the Green candidate into third place.”

The full results are as follows;

Andrew John McHugh, Conservative Party - 1015 votes.

Sue Christie, Labour Party - 286 votes.

Naomi Isobel Kanetsuka, Green Party - 278 votes.

Ian Richard Thomas, Liberal Democrats - 189 votes.

Voter turnout was 24.8 per cent.

My McHugh will serve in the post until May 2018.