Conservatives win Newtown South by-election

The Newtown South by-election has been won by local man, Les Skilton.


The election took place as a result of the previous County Councillor standing down.


The by-election that took place on Thursday (24th October) was contested by the Conservatives, Lib-Dems and Plaid Cymru.


Les Skilton standing for the Welsh Conservatives won the election with 134 votes.


Speaking following the counting of votes, Les Skilton said: 


“As someone who has lived in the ward all my life, I’m delighted to have been elected. When it comes to taking decisions, I will put Newtown first, and I intend to be a strong voice at County Hall.”


Assembly Member Russell George said:


“Les will be a strong County Councillor, he is well known and liked. I was pleased to support Les, and look forward to continuing to work with him. I pay tribute to the other candidates who I know worked very hard.”


Montgomeryshire’s prospective Conservative MP, Craig Williams said: 


“This is a terrific win for the Montgomeryshire Conservative team. Les will be a first class Councillor and champion for Newtown. He is a very welcome member of our local conservative action team and I look forward to working with him in delivering for the whole of Montgomeryshire.”