Caroline wins Meads for Conservatives

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CONSERVATIVE Caroline Ancell stormed to victory in tonight’s borough council by-election for a new Meads councillor.

She replaces fellow Tory Nigel Goodyear, who quit his seat last month to campaign to become the new police and crime commissioner for Sussex.

Mrs Ancell, a teacher and mother of three boys, won with 1,783 votes. The Liberal Democrat’s Gerard Thompson came in second with 465 votes, followed by Labour’s Dennis Scard with 323, UKIP’s Ian Cameron with 322 and independent candidate Keith Gell with 100.

The turnout by Mead voters was 37 per cent and the result was announced after a 90 minute count at Eastbourne Town Hall.

After the results were revealed, Mrs Ancell said her victory was down to a display of confidence in her by the people of Meads.

“I would like to thank them for giving me the opportunity to serve Meads on Eastbourne Borough Council,” said Mrs Ancell, who will remain on the council until the whole authority is re-elected in May 2015.