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Labour wins back seat in Lincoln East by election amid poor turnout

– With reporting from Elizabeth Fish

Labour’s Robin Renshaw won back his Lincoln East County Council seat in the by election on Thursday, August 2.

He received 563 votes, while Conservative Simon Parr had 314 votes, with Lib Dem John Bishop third with 95 votes.

The overall turnout was just 18.47%, compared to 29% for the area in 2009.

UKIP’s Pat Nurse and TUSC’s Nick Parker were in joint fourth place with 79 votes each and English Democrat Elliott Fountain had 24 votes.

Robin Renshaw (71) represented Lincoln East before being ousted by Conservative Reverend Cliff in 2009.

But Reverend Sara Cliff resigned after it was revealed she was paid £23,000 for attending just 19 council meetings.

Here is Robin Renshaw’s reaction to the results: