One seat a piece for Labour and Conservatives in by-elections

Two new faces will enter the Scarborough Town Hall council chamber, following a pair of by-elections
Two new faces will enter the Scarborough Town Hall council chamber, following a pair of by-elections
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Labour has narrowed the substantial gap between themselves and the Conservatives at Scarborough Town Hall, with both parties celebrating by-election victory.

The resurgent Labour group scraped home in the Ramshill by-election, with candidate Steve Siddons pipping Michael John James from UKIP by just 41 votes in Thursdays vote.

And in Newby, current Mayoress Sue Backhouse eased to victory on the Conservative ticket, filling the seat vacated by former Independent councillor Mick Cooper.

However, it was a case of as you were for the Tories, with Labour winning the Ramshill seat vacated by departed Conservative Nick Brown.

Speaking moments after his victory, newly-elected Cllr Siddons said: “I was delighted with the result and I’m grateful to all my supporters.

“It was particularly encouraging to see so many young people getting involved in the election - we need more to do so.

“I’m looking forward to helping to make a difference on the Borough council. My aim is to help make decisions which are in the long term benefit for the borough.”

He added that one of his main interests would be in asset management because of his work as a surveyor in the local government world.

Cllr Backhouse, who joins her husband, Andrew as a member of the council, was equally enthusiastic about her success.

“I’m really happy about it and I now plan to really get involved in council work,” said Cllr Backhouse.

“I want to interact with everyone in the Newby ward and I feel well placed to do so, having a young family and also being able to relate to the older generation as well.”

The ruling Conservative group still dominate town hall, with 23 representatives in total.

Labour’s gain is the second in a matter of months after Cllr Tina Davy won the Streonshalh by-election.

The party now has eight seats, just one short of the Independent group, which remains the chief opposition,

The emerging UKIP group finished second in both wards.