The winner of a district council by-election yesterday (Thursday) has said he is elated with the result.
Conservative Alex Smith took 43 per cent of the votes in the Thrapston Market by election for East Northants Council.
Independent Val Carter finished second, Labour’s Alex Izycky was third and Joe Garner of UKIP came fourth.
“It shows everyone we spoke to was very keen to follow us and support us,” said Cllr Smith, whose campaign focused on the Skew Bridge development and plans for a new Sainsbury’s in Thrapston.
The ward also includes the villages of Denford and Ringstead.
“I’m very pleased,” Cllr Smith added. “It’s been a manic four weeks canvassing every day and every weekend, and the whole day yesterday knocking on doors.
“The result itself is a huge boost. I am elated with that, having the confidence of the people.
“I’m sure it will be a baptism of fire. It’s an interesting, challenging and exciting time ahead.”
Wellingborough and Rushden Conservative MP Peter Bone, who campaigned with Mr Smith, said the outcome was better than he had expected.
“I think it was a fantastic result for Alex Smith and the local Conservatives,” he said. “Realistically, at this time in a Parliamentary cycle, we should be losing seats like this.”
Mr Bone added that the result showed the Conservatives were gearing up to retain control of district and borough councils and to win back seats at the next General Election.