Lincoln Labour claimed its 25th seat at the City of Lincoln Council after geography teacher Katie Vause was elected as Bracebridge ward councillor on August 22.
The Bracebridge by-election was called after independent councillor and former Conservative City Council leader Darren Grice failed to attend a number of council meetings and was removed from the post.
At the count at St Columba’s hall on Brant Road, Labour’s Katie Vause collected 577 votes, the highest of the five candidates.
Meanwhile, Conservative David Denman received 480 votes, Liberal Democrats’ Ross Pepper picked up 75, Elaine Warde of UKIP got 345 and TUSC’s Karen Williams got just 14.
There were only two spoilt votes.[button url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpztTlHe8qU” title=Katie Vause reaction]Watch the interview with Katie Vause on YouTube[/button]
There are 5,808 residents eligible to vote in the ward, but only 25.7% turned out to cast their vote.
Katie Vause, 31, is also the Head of Geography at Lincoln Castle Academy. She is married and has three girls aged 13, 7 and 4.