Highley by-election - The Second big win last night.
The stunning Lib Dem parliamentary by-election win in Tiverton and Honiton was not the only win of the night. The Lib Dems also gained the Highley seat on Shropshire Council in a tough three-way fight, gaining more votes than the Conservatives and Labour combined.
The by-election for the Shropshire Council Division of Highley was called after the resignation of Dave Tremellen, Independent. The Liberal Democrat candidate Mark Williams who has lived in Highley for nearly 35 years fought a strong campaign to represent the village he loves. The results were as follows:
Lib Dem - 630, 54.5% (+54.5%)
Conservative - 279, 24.1% (-9.5%)
Labour - 239, 20.7% (+7.3%)
Green - 9, 0.8% (+0.8%)
The Lib Dems have not fought Highley since 2013.
Agent, Heather Kidd, said " Mark is so well known in the community and we were absolutely delighted when he said he would really like to be the Councillor for Highley. He and the Liberal Democrat team worked so hard to win this election. He will make a great Councillor."
Marks said today: "I'm humbled to have won, especially with the numbers that came in. The fact that so many in Highley have put their trust in us is overwhelming.
"I want to live up to the expectations people have of us and of me.
"Highley is lovely already, but there's room for improvement. I've already spoken with the parish council so that I can work with them to move things along. I'm going to begin by getting more bins, and by working with the local primary school to do litter picks."