Conservative Gary Sambrook wins Kingstanding by-election

Conservative Gary Sambrook Gary Sambrook first stood for the Kingstanding seat at 18 years old

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The Conservative Party has won a council by-election in a Labour stronghold in Birmingham.

Tory candidate Gary Sambrook, won the Kingstanding seat, with Labour second.

Twenty-four-year-old Mr Sambrook, who was born in Kingstanding, fought for a council seat for the first time in 2008 when he was 18 years old.

He secured 1,571 votes, compared to Labour's 1,433 votes. UKIP was third place in the by-election, winning 266 votes.

The by-election, which had a turnout of 19%, was called after Labour councillor Cath Grundy resigned in January, almost two years after she was elected.

Kingstanding covers more than a quarter of Birmingham's Erdington constituency and is represented in the Commons by Jack Dromey, husband of Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman.

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