Former councillor returns after by-election win

Euxton North councillor Tommy Gray
Euxton North councillor Tommy Gray
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Labour were triumphant in a by-election in Euxton North.

Tommy Gray, who has previously represented the ward, received 697 votes to win the seat on Chorley Council.

Conservative Alan Platt came second with 443 votes and UKIP’s Christopher Suart was third with 76 votes.

There were 1,219 votes cast, a turnout of 34.68 per cent. Three papers were rejected.

It meant Labour held the seat, after the by-election was called when councillor Mike Handley had his role automatically taken away. He had not attended a meeting for six months because of ill health.

Coun Gray said: “I’m very pleased. It’s quite a while since I was last on the borough council and I was looking forward to it. I was quite pleased with the result as well, I wasn’t expecting to do that well in a by-election.”

The make-up of Chorley Council remains Labour 31, Conservatives 14 and independent two.