Lizzie Gladwyn has been elected to Bath and North East Somerset Council as the new Councillor for Abbey ward, with the Conservatives gaining the seat from the Green Party.
The by-election took place following the resignation of the area’s former Green councillor for the area.
The outcome of the election also means the Conservatives have increased their majority on Bath & North East Somerset Council, with a total of 37 Conservative councillors on the authority.
The results of the election were as follows:
- Lizzie Gladwyn, Conservative – 33% (350 votes)
- Gerry Curran, Lib Dem – 26% (273 votes)
- Vipul Patel, Green – 24% (252 votes)
- Vicky Drew, Labour – 12% (126 votes)
- Jenny Knight, Inde – 4% (43 votes)
- Marc Hooper, UKIP – 2% (23 votes)
The total number of rejected votes was 2 and the turnout was 25.9%.
Newly-elected Councillor Lizzie Gladwyn (Cons, Abbey) said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been elected by residents as Abbey’s new councillor, it’s a real honour to have been given the chance to serve our local community.
“I would like to thank residents for their support in this election, as well as all the volunteers who helped during the campaign.
“I look forward to working alongside fellow councillor Peter Turner to provide a strong team for Abbey residents on the Council.
“My main focus now will be to continue working on the priorities I set out during the election, in particular improving traffic and parking, tackling litter and gull problems, and working with local traders and residents’ associations to ensure a thriving city centre.”
B&NES Conservative Leader Cllr Tim Warren added: “I would like to welcome Lizzie onto the Council, I know she will make an excellent councillor for the residents of Abbey ward, working with the area’s other Conservative councillor Peter Turner.
“It’s really encouraging that we are able to attract young and enthusiastic people like Lizzie onto the Council.
“This was a hard-fought election and we are obviously very pleased with the result. Clearly much of the support we received was down to Lizzie herself and the work she already puts into the local community.
“However we also found a lot of support on the doorstep for what the Council is doing in relation to issues like transport, gulls and housing, as well as a recognition that the Council is working under very challenging financial circumstances.”