Lib Dems celebrate as Isabelle Murray storms to victory in the Seaford Central by-election.
Local Liberal Democrats are celebrating after their 18 year old candidate, Isabelle Murray, won a Seaford Town Council seat from the Conservatives on Thursday.
This follows anger when a Conservative councillor failed to take up his position after winning a seat this May, meaning local taxpayers were faced with a £6,000 bill to re-run the election.
The Lib Dem win has also cost the Conservatives control of the Town Council.
The result was as follows:
LIB DEM 370
It is understood that Isabelle is now the youngest councillor in the country.
Cllr Isabelle Murray said: “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who voted for me. I fought the campaign on 3 key issues: Stopping anti-social behaviour, getting more facilities for young people and fighting for affordable housing.
“I believe that all three of these require bringing together people of all ages to find solutions.
“I won due to the dedication of the local Lib Dem councillors, everybody that volunteered to help with the campaign, and of course the supporters. I’m very proud to have joined such a caring and hard-working team.”
Cllr Adam Maclean, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Seaford Town Council, said: “This shows the Lib Dem fightback is well under way. We had a great response on the doorstep and our supporters were pleased to see us back on the streets campaigning hard.
Local County Councillor Carolyn Lambert (Lib Dem) added: “It also shows how young people also care strongly about local issues and want to make our town an even better place to live”.