Labour wins Corby Council by-election

New Labour councillor at Corby, Elise Elliston
New Labour councillor at Corby, Elise Elliston

Teacher Elise Elliston has won the vacant seat on Corby Council for Labour.

She polled 722 votes in the election on Thursday, November 7, with former Labour councillor Peter McGowan standing for UKIP winning 246, the Conservatives’ Philip Ewers taking 154 votes and Julie Grant for the Liberal Democrats winning 18.

The turnout was 21.5 per cent.

The by-election for the Kingswood ward was called following the resignation of Maureen Forshaw due to health problems.

Mrs Forshaw served on Corby Council for almost 40 years.

Elise, 48, who is head of business studies at Bishop Stopford School, Kettering, is chairman of Kingswood Neighbourhood Association and has been involved in the Big Lottery Big Local initiative to ensure a £1m award improves the lives of families on the estate.

She is also involved with Kingswood’s environmental champions and lives in the Kingswood area with her two sons.