Labour beats UKIP to win Hartlepool by-election

Katie Trueman won the by-election last night.
Katie Trueman won the by-election last night.

Labour saw off a challenge from UKIP to win a Hartlepool Borough Council by-election last night.

Katie Elizabeth Trueman claimed the vacant Victoria Ward seat on the council with a total of 479 votes.

She defeated UKIP's Jacqui Cummins, who took 325 votes, and Conservatives candidate Andrew Martin-Wells, on 98 votes.

The turnout was 15.87%.

Hartlepool Borough Council comprises of 33 elected councillors, with seats held by Labour (19), UKIP (six), Independent (two), Local Conservatives (three) and Putting Hartlepool First (three).

The by-election was called after the resignation of Labour councillor Trisha Lawton in September for family reasons.