VIDEO: Tory district chairman wins Storrington county by-election

The current Conservative chairman of Horsham District Council was elected to the county council for the Storrington division after a by-election yesterday.

Philip Circus beat off a strong challenge from the UKIP candidate John Wallace by 1,037 to 729 votes, and will represent the area at West Sussex County Council.

JPCT 180913 Winner Philip Circus with MPs Nick Herbert and Stephen Hammond. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 180913 Winner Philip Circus with MPs Nick Herbert and Stephen Hammond. Photo by Derek Martin

Yesterday (Thursday September 26) only 22.53 per cent of residents turned out to vote.

Other candidates were Nick Hopkinson (Lib Dem) of Steyning who polled 364 votes; and James Edward Doyle (Green) of Worthing who received 131 votes.

The by-election was called after the death of Frank Wilkinson who died after a short battle with cancer.

For an interview with Mr Circus see our website and next Thursday’s West Sussex County Times.