Tory candidate Christine Harris wins local by-election

Christine Harris (Conservative) has been elected as the third councillor for Kelsey and Eden Park ward following a recent by-election.

The by-election, which was held on November 29, was triggered following the resignation of fellow Tory councillor Dave Wibberley.

The full results are as follows:

  • Christine Harris (Conservative) – 1,626 votes.
  • Marie Bardsley (Labour) – 1,046 votes.
  • Julie Ireland (Lib Dem) – 633 votes.
  • Graham Reakes (UKIP) – 219 votes
  • Paul Enock (Greens) – 73 votes.

Voter turnout was 29.17 per cent.

Councillor Harris joins fellow Tories, councillor Peter Dean and councillor Diane Smith in representing Kelsey and Eden Park ward.

Councillor Harris told News in Beckenham: “I would like to thank the residents of Kelsey and Eden Park for the support they have shown me over the past few weeks and if I have as yet not managed to shake your hand then look out for me over the next few weeks. I will be setting up surgeries in 2019, the dates and venues will be published on the Kelsey & Eden Park Conservatives Facebook page.”