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Tories lose Wednesbury North seat after 36 years

The Conservative Party has lost a council seat in the West Midlands it had held for 36 years.

Labour candidate Peter Hughes won the Wednesbury North by-election with a 679 majority.

Mr Hughes received 1,322 votes with Tory Mike Warner getting 643, on a 21.4% turnout of the electorate.

Ade Woodhouse of the National Front polled 76 votes, Liberal Democrat Mary Wilson got 45 and Colin Bye of the Green Party received 42.

The count was carried out at Sandwell council on Thursday night.

The result of the by-election, held after the resignation of the Conservative ex-mayor of Sandwell Bill Archer, means Labour holds 58 of the 72 seats on Sandwell council.

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