Lib Dems hold Berrylands as voters keep faith in ruling party
12:30am Friday 1st March 2013
The Liberal Democrats held Berrylands last night as voters opted to keep faith in the borough's ruling party.
Victorious candidate Sushila Abraham won by 187 votes.
She said: "The campaign was fantastic and the response we had from the residents was fantastic.
"I'm absolutely excited about the whole thing, that the Berrylands people have faith in us. I think they trusted in me to do the job."
Conservative candidate Mike Head said: "It's a big disappointment to be honest. I think UKIP have had a much bigger share than normal which might be something we need to take into account.
"I'm hoping to fight this ward next time around. I would like to stand again because it's my passionate patch."
Labour's Tony Banks said: "I'm pleased in a way in that we have doubled our share of the vote and we can't quibble with that in a ward really where historically we have done nothing."
The by-election was triggered by the death of sitting Liberal Democrat councillor Frances Moseley.
The make-up of Kingston Council is unchanged by the result with 26 Liberal Democrats allowing them to run the council, 21 Conservatives and one independent - Tim Dennen - who left the Liberal Democrats in April last year after coming under investigation for alleged benefit fraud.
Berrylands 2013 by-election results
Sushila Abraham Lib Dem 948
Mike Head Conservative 761
Tony Banks Lab 455
Michael Watson UKIP 175
Ryan Coley Green 112
Turnout 34.46 percent
To see the results from 2010 click here