Maria Netley has retained the Tudor Ward seat, vacated by Frank Thompson due to illness, in a convincing win over the Lib Dems.
Despite support for their candidate from Ed Davy and a host of Lib Dem celebs, Maria Netley has won the Tudor by-election with 41% of the vote, an increase over May's election results when the Conservatives were returned to power in the Royal Borough.
The rather crude Lib Dem leaflet depicting Maria as a teddy bear in silhouette as an "unknown" candidate did nothing for veteran campaigner Marilyn Mason's canvassing. The Lib Dem leaflet also quoted misleading 2010 polling results for the Ward, rather than the more recent 2014 results, in order to present a stronger case, but voters saw through this.
Maria now joins the recently-elected Conservative Administration in the Kingston Guildhall working to create a Better, Brighter Borough.
Final results were:
- Conservative - 1062
- Lib Dem - 725
- Labour- 314
- Ukip - 269
- Green - 219