Labour’s Beccy Cooper has won a seat on Worthing Borough Council, the first for the party in more than 40 years.
Mrs Cooper prevailed in yesterday’s Marine Ward by-election in West Worthing, which had been triggered by the resignation of Conservative Joan Bradley in May.
The newest Labour councillor, who works as a public health consultant, took 47.4 per cent of the vote.
Closest challenger Joseph Crouch secured 38.8 per cent.
Mrs Cooper was keen to praise her campaign team: “Going into the election yesterday we thought it was going to be close.
“I think would just like to say thank you very much to everybody for investing the time and energy.”
She pledged to fight for Worthing’s open spaces and leisure facilities, as well as transport and affordable housing.
Tory candidate Joseph Crouch said on Twitter: “I am sorry not to have been successful this time but wish councillor Beccy Cooper well in her new role.
“Thank you to all my friends and supporters.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took to Twitter to congratulate Mrs Cooper on her win.
The result follows an impressive showing by Labour in June’s general election, where Mrs Cooper stood against current MP Sir Peter Bottomley.
Although unsuccessful Mrs Cooper increased her party’s vote share by more than 10,000.
Sir Peter increased his share of the vote and overall vote count on route to victory.
Mrs Cooper is the first Labour representative on Worthing Borough Council for more than 40 years, according to the party.
Results in full:
Antony Brown – Liberal Democrats 246
Beccy Cooper – Labour Party 1032
Joseph Crouch – The Conservative Party 846
Caroline Ponto – Green Party 55