Labour’s George Smith won a huge victory in the West Auckland by election yesterday, receiving 56% of the vote. The conservatives came second with only 33%. The other candidate, an Independent trailed in third place with 11%. The seat was a Labour gain.
The by election happened as a result of the sudden and sad death of Conservative Councillor Mark Idwal-Roberts.
Yesterday Mary Foy MP for City of Durham tweeted her support for George Smith.
And just before the official results were declared, Sam Rushworth, Chair of Bishop Auckland Labour Party, tweeted: