Lib Dems celebrate victory in East Chesterton by-election

September 17, 2010 11:22 AM
Ian Manning

Ian Manning

The Liberal Democrats are celebrating victory in Cambridge's East Chesterton by-election after Ian Manning held onto the seat for the party with more than 40 per cent of the vote.

Ian, fighting for the county council seat, took 832 votes pushing the Conservatives into third place and defying pollsters who predicted a two horse race between the parties.

The Tories' share of the vote dropped by eight per cent to just 17 per cent leaving them trailing more than 300 votes behind Labour.

"I'm incredibly grateful that the people of East Chesterton have placed their trust in me and the Liberal Democrats to represent them once again at county level," said Ian.

"I'm humbled to be following in the footsteps of Julian Huppert MP and I'm looking forward to working closely with the Lib Dem team."

Ian's result is a major success for the Liberal Democrats as his vote share represents a 4.3 per cent increase on the general election result.

The final election result was: Lib Dems 832, Labour 663, Conservatives 334, Green Party 117, Cambridge Socialists, 53 and UK Independence Party 37. The turnout was 30.5 per cent.

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