Cornwall

Labour wins Cornwall Council seat in by-election

Jude Robinson
Image caption Jude Robinson said she worked hard for the victory

Labour has secured its only seat on Cornwall Council after winning a by-election.

Labour soared from fifth place at the last by-election in 2009 to win Camborne North.

Jude Robinson, who stood as a Labour candidate in the general election in 2010, won 230 votes, a 15% swing from the Conservatives who came second.

She called it a "turning point" for Labour, which also won Oldham East and Saddleworth parliamentary by-election.

Ms Robinson said: "I am very pleased.

"I worked hard and people have been told for a long time they can't vote Labour here because that would let the Conservatives in.

"But this has proved Labour is the opposition to the Conservatives.

"This is a turning point for us."

The Conservative and independent-controlled council now consists of one Labour councillor, 48 Conservatives, 39 Liberal Democrats, 32 independents and three Mebyon Kernow councillors.

Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw, a former minister for the South West, said: "We have come from fifth place to win with a massive 25% swing.

"It shows that it is not just in our heartlands in the north of England that we can win, but even in places like Cornwall where a lot of people had written off Labour some time ago."

In the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, Labour's Debbie Abrahams held off the challenge of Lib Dem Elwyn Watkins, while the Conservatives' vote fell by more than 7,000 as they came a distant third.

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