THE results are in after a by election in Wellington

Three candidates stood in hopes of becoming a town councillor for the Wellington South ward. 

The election took place at Wellesley Park Primary School where residents chose between Ben Shepherd (Con), Marie Troake (LibDem) and Des Pollard (Lab). 

Mr Shepherd won the election with 165 votes, followed by Ms Troake with 127 votes, and Mr Pollard with 17 votes. 

The turn-out was 31.67 per cent. 

Mr Shepherd will take up his seat at the next town council meeting on November 6. 

The newly-elected councillor lives in Langford Budville with is wife Jenny, one-year-old son Ezra, and two dogs Herbie and Meg. 

He said: “I am really looking forward to being a new voice for Wellington on the town council.

“I feel extremely proud that residents have put their trust in me to represent them and I will do my very best to help people with any issues and to make Wellington an even nicer community in which to live.

“The campaign we ran as Conservatives was built around our achievements for the community and the issues that matter most to local people, and I was delighted that voters responded so positively to it.

“We now have an even stronger Conservative team on the town council and we work closely with the Conservative administrations at both the Deane and county councils.”