Former High Peak MP Ruth George has won a by election in Whaley Bridge for the position of Derbyshire County Council councillor.
The election took place on Thursday 13th February 2020, and with Ruth George winning a majority of over 800 votes.
Labour has never held the Whaley Bridge division of the county council.
Ms George lost her seat as High Peak MP in December by fewer than 600 votes. She previously stood as a candidate for county councillor in Whaley Bridge in 2017, coming in third place.
Ruth George (Labour) 1,851 votes
Paddy Bann (independent) 52 votes
David Lomax (Liberal Democrat) 721 votes
Fred Walton (Conservative) 1,048 votes
Posting on Facebook after the result was announced, Ruth said: “Thank you so much to the 1,851 people in Whaley Bridge and Blackbrook who have elected me as your county councillor.”
She continued: “I promise to work as hard as I can for local people and our area and to oppose the cruel cuts being implemented by the Conservatives across Derbyshire.
“This result shows that the people of Whaley Bridge and Blackbrook won’t put up with these policies.”
“Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me. The real hard work begins now!”
Here is Ruth George on her “surprise” victory. Labour has never held the Whaley Bridge division. pic.twitter.com/hiijheRn64
— Eddie Bisknell (@EddieBisk) February 14, 2020