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Conservative party has resounding victory in Hillingdon East by-election

The Conservative Party has had a resounding victory in the Hillingdon East by-election.

The seat was vacated after former Tory councillor Alan Chapman resigned having moved out of the borough.

He will be replaced with Hillingdon local Kelly Martin. Mr Martin received 2,911 votes defeating his nearest rival Labour’s Steve Garelick by a majority of 1,547.

This is Mr Martin’s first election victory after running unsuccessfully in West Drayton and Townfield in 2022 and 2018 respectively.

On the Hillingdon Conservatives’ website, he is described as having “lived locally in Hillingdon for over a decade.”

He is also a Trustee of Fassnidge Trust which supports older people and those in need across the London Borough of Hillingdon and volunteers at Harefield Hospital.

According to the Who Can I Vote For? his favourite biscuit is a penguin.

Less than half of eligible voters turned out with 46.58 per cent heading to the poll. After a tightly fought Uxbridge and South Ruislip Parliamentary by-election last July which saw the Tories retain Boris Johson’s seat by less than 500 votes, Hillingdon Labour might have been expecting a stronger turnout as they attempt to challenge the Conservatives over Uxbridge Library and funding a new Hillingdon Hospital.

Conservatives appear elated by the result after what has been a rough showing in local elections nationwide thus far.

Tory MP for Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner, David Simmonds took to Twitter to congratulate his colleague. “Away from the drama of the opinion polls, congratulations to @Hillingdon_Tory new Cllr Kelly Martin with a 58% share of the vote and 1547 majority @Conservatives,” he shared on his social media.

MP Steve Tuckwell, who took over Boris Johnson’s seat in July, wrote: “Magnificent result for @Hillingdon_Tory that shows the Conservative message is being embraced by local residents – welcome to Cllr Kelly Martin.”