Lib-Dems hold on in Warley by-election

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James Baker held on to the Warley ward seat for the Liberal Democrats in yesterday’s by-election.

Councillor Baker, who lives in Mytholmroyd, attracted 1,066 votes, which was 170 ahead of Labour’s Jonathan Timbers, of Hebden Bridge.

Councillor Baker was the runner-up in Warley ward in the May elections. He owns a printing business, specialising in work for charities.

The by-election was caused by the sudden resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Keith Hutson, who stood down partly for health reasons.

Third in yesterday’s election was Conservative, Christopher Pearson, of Holywell Green, with 454 votes and Green Party candidate Charles Gate was fourth with 140.

The result leaves the Liberal Democrats with 12 seats on the council, Labour 20, the Conservatives 17 and two Independents.

A total of 2,565 votes were cast - a 29 per cent turnout.