Huge swing back to Conservatives as Samantha Hoy wins Cambridgeshire County Council by-election for Wisbech South

PUBLISHED: 09:50 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:57 05 June 2015

Cllr Samantha Hoy.

Cllr Samantha Hoy.

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Samantha Hoy is a Cambridgeshire County Councillor once again after the Conservatives regained one of the seats lost to UKIP in 2013.

The Wisbech South by-election saw a huge swing back to the Tories – their share of the vote increasing by a whopping 32 per cent, to 64 per cent.

Cllr Hoy polled 1,020 votes in yesterday’s by-election to make it a swift return to Shire Hall.

UKIP, meanwhile, saw their share of the Wisbech South vote plummet by 20 per cent, to 19 per cent.

Susan Carson came second in the by-election, with 298 votes.

Labour’s Dean Reeves had 219 votes, while Lib Dem candidate Josie Ratclife polled 61 votes.

The victory means the Tories have moved closer to taking back overall control of the county council, which was lost in the 2013 elections. The party now holds 33 of the 69 seats.

Cllr Hoy was county councillor for Wisbech North until 2013, losing her seat to Paul Clapp as UKIP won all three of the town’s seats. She is also a Fenland district and Wisbech town councillor.

The Wisbech South seat was vacated in April when Peter Lagoda stood down as a councillor. He had been suspended by UKIP after being found guilty of benefit fraud.

Turnout was 20 per cent.

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