The Conservatives have won the Kersal Ward in a shock by election result in Salford last night.

Arnie Saunders has been declared the winner on a 24.12 per cent with 2033 votes cast taking the seat from the Labour Party.

The votes were cast as follows:

Christopher Barnes, UK Independence Party, 182

Mike Pevitt, Labour Party, 553

Jason Reading, Green Party, 48

Arnie Saunders, Conservative Party, 850

Adam Slack, Liberal Democrats, 39

Jonny Wineberg, Independent, 354

The by election was called following the death of Councillor Harry Davies in November 2017.

The political makeup of the council is now

Labour 50

Conservative 9

Liberal Democrats 0

Independent 1


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