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Barton by-election, 2017

Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative

A by-election was held for the Barton ward of Kettering Borough Council on 23 February 2017 following the resignation of Independent Cllr Stephen Bellamy, elected as a Conservative. Bellamy was removed from the Conservative group after opposing the council's plans to ban skateboarding in Kettering town centre (link), and has described his time on the council as 'like swimming through treacle' (link).

Andrew Dutton gained the seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Result

Liberal Democrats
57.0%
Conservative
29.8%
UKIP
9.4%
Green
3.7%

Party Candidate Votes % Change
Liberal Democrats Andrew Dutton 644 57.0% n/a
Conservative Dianne Miles-Zanger 337 29.8% -19.3%
UKIP Robert Clements 106 9.4% -14.0%
Green Rob Reeves 42 3.7% -3.5%
Turnout: awaiting publication - Majority: 307 (27.2%) - Swing: not applicable


2015 Result (2 seats)

Conservative
49.1%
UKIP
23.4%
Labour Co-operative
20.2%
Green
7.2%

Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Russell Roberts 1,660 49.1%
Conservative Stephen Bellamy 1,319
UKIP Jonathan Court 791 23.4%
Labour Co-operative Rona Gordon 683 20.2%
Labour Co-operative Ronald Steele 590
Green Jason Walpole 244 7.2%
Turnout: 72.5% - Majority: 528 (15.6%)


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