Labour retain seat in by-election

LABOUR have held a ward in Jarrow after a by-election triggered by the death of a councillor.

First-time candidate Ken Stephenson polled 854 votes in the Primrose ward, beating off the challenge of the BNP's Pete Hodgkinson, who gained 566 votes.

Mr Stephenson, 40, a Labour Party member for 15 years, said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have held the seat for Labour and I'm looking forward to working for people in the Primrose ward."

The by-election had been triggered by the death just before Christmas of Coun Barrie Scorer, who represented the ward for Labour for almost 40 years.

Coun Scorer, 63, a former Mayor of South Tyneside, died months after undergoing heart surgery.

The other two sitting Labour members in the Primrose ward are Coun Emma Lewell and Coun Jim Perry.


Ken Stephenson (Lab) - 854

Pete Hodgkinson (BNP) - 566

Aaron Luke (Ind) - 213

David Alan Rice (Ind) - 174

Anthony James Lanaghan (Con) - 124

Susan Heather Troupe (Lib Dem) - 100

Turnout - 32.25 per cent.