Welwyn Hatfield Council by-election result: Victory secured by seven votes

PUBLISHED: 06:43 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:05 09 June 2017

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Welwyn Hatfield Council’s by-election result for Hatfield Villages has been announced.

Labour candidate Tara-Mary Lyons was elected with a majority of just seven votes following a dramatic count in the early hours of this morning.

She polled 1,359, pipping The Conservative’s Peter Hebdon who received 1,352 votes. Jane Quinton of the Liberal Democrats came third with 677 votes.

The election was held after former Conservative councillor Howard Morgan died in early April this year.

Hatfield Town Council’s by-election in Villages Ward – held for the same reason – saw Labour’s Margaret Anne Eames-Petersen soar to victory with 1,160 votes.

Conservative Kerstin Holman came second with 995, followed by Liberal Democrat Jane Quinton with 486.

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