Churchdown by-election result
The results are in for the Gloucestershire County Council Churchdown by-election.
Yesterday (2 May) residents in Churchdown went to the polls to elect their representative on the council for the next two years.
The seat was won by Ben Evans for the Liberal Democrat Party with 1405 votes.
The Conservative Party candidate, Graham Bocking, received 811 votes; the Green Party candidate, Catherine Cody, received 249 votes; the Independent candidate, Richard Bishop, received 263 votes and Robert McCormck from UKIP received 213 votes.
The turn out at the election was 34.5 per cent.
Pete Bungard, returning officer and chief executive of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and the teams who ran polling stations and worked at the count.”
The by-election was called following the sad passing of Liberal Democrat Cllr Jack Williams.
Following the by-election, make up of Gloucestershire County Council is Conservative 31 seats, Liberal Democrats 14, Labour five, Green two and one People Against Bureaucracy seat.
Ben has been a youth worker in Churchdown for 20 years and is a director of a local not-for-profit business that works with young people across Gloucestershire. He went to school in Churchdown and has lived in the village for eleven years. Ben is secretary of Churchdown Panthers Football Club and is also a coach at the club.
Full results can be found online here
Ben Evans, newly elected county councillor: