The Lib Dems have won yesterdays Hedge End Town Council by election with a whopping 63% majority over nearest rival Conservative Paul Redding.
The Independent candidate Ray Turner came third and the UKIP candidate Michale O’Donoghue a distant fourth with only 22 votes.
Victorious Richard Effeney polled more than all the other candidates combined in what was in what was a low 24% turnout .
An unusual feature of the election was that two of the candidates local blogger (and Eastleigh News contributor) Ray Turner and Paul Readding are neighbours who work for the same company.
Total electorate 1753. Total votes cast 433 plus two spoiled papers.
Richard Effeny (Lib Dem) 263
Paul Redding (Conservative) 96
Ray Turner (Independent) 52
Michale O’Donoghue (Ukip) 22