UKIP candidate wins big in Lancing by-election seat

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In an election many in Lancing did not know about, the UKIP candidate prevailed in a landslide victory.

Dr Sidney Hilsum claimed the Churchill ward seat on Lancing Parish Council, with nearly 50 per cent of the vote in a by-election, beating candidates from the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives, who gained roughly 25 per cent and 26 per cent respectively.

Dr Hilsum gained 174 votes, Nicholas Pigott from the Conservatives 95 votes and Richard Burt for the Liberal Democrats 84 votes.

Voter turn-out was low at roughly 10 per cent, but Sidney said this could largely be explained by the parish council’s decision not to send out postal cards for voting.

The election took place on Thursday, December 13.

Speaking about the result, Dr Hilsum said: “We might have expected to win by a little bit, but the extent of the landslide was really quite unexpected, especially in view of the fact that it was unprecedented that voting cards were not distributed.

“The Churchill ward residents did us proud and all obviously felt very strongly about us gaining the seat.”

Dr Hilsum becomes the third UKIP councillor on Lancing and Sompting parish councils, along with Jean Turner, in Lancing, and David Bamber in Sompting.

The large victory for UKIP comes after the party missed out on success in Churchill in May by the narrowest of margins, coming second by only one vote.

Dr Hilsum, 86, from Monks Avenue, Lancing, did his degree and PHD in psychology and enjoyed a varied career teaching and helping those who had been made redundant.

He stood for election initially in May in the Mash Barn ward and said the experience helped galvanise his passion for the serving the people in the area.

It is the first time he has served as a councillor.