Saturday, January 15, 2005


14 Jan 2005:

The UK's anti-Iraq-war Liberal Democrats have just won a council by-election in the constituency of Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

The by-election in the Derringham ward on Hull City Council was called after two High Court judges ruled the original election last June was void.

Former Independent councillor John Considine launched the legal challenge after he lost the seat to UKIP by seven votes after six recounts during the council elections on June 10.

Mr Considine claimed that problems with implementing the all-postal ballot system led to some homes failing to receive voting papers while others received ballot papers for the Marfleet ward instead.

Derringham ward result :Paul Buckley, British National Party (BNP) 116 ; John Considine, Hull Independents 679; John Cornforth, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) 320 ; Alan Gardiner, Labour Party 353; Michael Rouse-Deane, Liberal Democrat 927.

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