Conservative candidate Paul Smith wins Welwyn West by-election

PUBLISHED: 10:05 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 30 November 2018

Paul Smith has won the Welwyn Hatfield Council by-election for Welwyn West. Picture: Supplied.

Paul Smith has won the Welwyn Hatfield Council by-election for Welwyn West. Picture: Supplied.

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has elected a new councillor for Welwyn West following the death of Cllr Mandy Perkins.

Conservative Party candidate Paul Smith won the by-election, which was held last night.

He received 960 votes in total, beating Liberal Democrat candidate Christina Raven, who received 604 votes, and Labour Party candidate Josh Chigwangwa, who received 72.

Paul is a finance director who has lived in Welwyn Village for nine years, and said he is keen to continue Mandy’s legacy of hard work for the Conservatives by “maintaining and improving” the area.

He said: “We have to ensure that her positive actions endure in Welwyn and that is the cornerstone of my campaign.”

Paul also stated his aim to support local businesses to help “maintain and develop the vibrancy” of the village centre.

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps tweeted: “Congratulations to new Cllr Paul Smith for winning a closely contested by-election in Welwyn West on Thursday.

“Paul will be a great representative for Welwyn.”

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