Tories hold Derwent Valley in by-election

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Conservatives have held their county council seat in the Derwent Valley following the by-election for the empty seat yesterday.

The election was called after the death of council stalwart and ‘true public servant’ Mike Longden in May.

Fellow Conservative Jo Wild won the seat with 1,107 votes. It was a resounding victory, more than doubling labour candidate Martin Rutter’s 466 votes.

Also the Derbyshire Dales District Councillor for Stanton, Cllr Wild, 46, will take her well regarded colleague’s place on Deryshire County Council.

She said: “I’m very pleased. It was a very good result, we got more than all the other candidates put together.

“I’m looking forward to taking my work further – it’s the next step to working for the community and I hope I can do Mike proud because I worked with him as a District Councillor, so taking over his seat in the sad event of his death, I’d like to do right by him.”

Councillor Mike Longden, of Baslow, died just before this year’s general election, on May 5 aged 74,. He was councillor for Derwent Valley elecoral divison since 2009 and a cabinet member for education.