Labour retains seat of former Southampton council leader
Labour has retained the Southampton City Council seat vacated when the authority's leader quit.
Richard Williams resigned in April after an inquiry found he did not give "the whole story" over the resignation of one of his cabinet.
Labour's Christopher Hammond won the Woolston seat in a by-election held on Thursday with 864 votes.
UKIP's John Sharp won 731 votes and Alex Houghton of the Conservatives, 704. Turnout was 26.5%.Walked out
Richard Williams had admitted a press release about his ex-efficiency and improvement chief Keith Morrell resigning on health grounds was false.
He resigned both his council seat and leadership of the council and walked out of an extraordinary council meeting.
His Labour colleague Councillor Simon Letts has since taken over as leader.
The independent inquiry concluded the behaviour of Mr Morrell, Mr Williams and the then deputy leader Jacqui Rayment fell below national guidelines of openness and honesty in public life - known as the Nolan principles.
But it did not find any evidence of maladministration, injustice or that any criminal offence had taken place.
Labour controls Southampton City Council, holding 28 seats, the Conservatives have 16 seats, the Liberal Democrats and Labour Councillors Against the Cuts both have two.