Lib Dems win Aldwick West by-election

Martin Smith, who has been elected a Lib Dem councillor for Aldwick West, with fellow Lib Dem Francis Oppler. u8ler_fQ8Cji_RDwqkoj
Martin Smith, who has been elected a Lib Dem councillor for Aldwick West, with fellow Lib Dem Francis Oppler. u8ler_fQ8Cji_RDwqkoj

The Liberal Democrats won yesterday’s by-election for Aldwick West, taking the seats off the Conservatives.

It was triggered by the death of Arun district councillor Jacqui Maconachie, who passed away after a short battle with cancer in August.

Lib Dem Martin Smith was elected after yesterday’s poll received 719 votes, in front of Conservative Guy Purser, who finished with 480 votes.

Labour’s Ian Manion polled 112 votes, while the Greens’ Carol Birch finished in fourth place with 54 votes.

The count took place at Willowhale Community Centre in Pryors Lane.

The turnout was 26.28 per cent.

The other representative for Aldwick West is the Tories’ Phil Hitchins.

More to follow.