Labour cheers by-election win

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The leader of Amber Valley’s Labour group praised Heanor folk for voting in the town’s east ward borough council by-election in horrendous conditions –which saw the party retain the seat.

Sheila Oakes took nearly 60 per cent of the votes on Thursday, January 30 to take the Heanor East ward on Amber Valley Borough Council.

The surprisingly positive 18.6 per cent turnout belied the windy, damp night, which also coincided with the public meeting to discuss the future of Heanor Memorial Hospital - attended by more than 300 people.

Heanor councillor and Labour group leader Paul Jones gave thanks to the townsfolk for braving the conditions to head to the poll booths.

He said: “It’s an excellent result, increasing our vote by nearly ten per cent.

“It’s reassuring that the people of Heanor feel we are fighting their corner against constant Tory investment in other parts of the borough.”

The by-election was held after previous incumbent Phil Hill stepped down from the seat in December.