Labour candidate elected to town council

Only seven per cent turned out for the by-election on Thursday
Only seven per cent turned out for the by-election on Thursday

Bridie Croft has been elected as the new South Ward representative on Bridlington Town Council.

The Labour candidate will sit on the council alongside her husband, Cllr Colin Croft, after racking up a total of 212 votes.

The by-election's runner-up was UKIP's Neil Tate, who was pipped to the post by Cllr Croft by just four votes.

In third place was independent candidate Tim Norman, with 139 votes, followed by Vic Bennett with 97 votes, who was also an independent.

The candidate to come in last was Andrea Ward, an independent, who picked up just 69 votes.

The turnout for yesterday's by-election was a disappointing 7 per cent, with only 727 of South Ward's 10,173 registered voters returning their ballot papers.

It comes following the sad death of Cllr Jim Carder, who represented South Ward since 2011 before passing away on January 30 this year.