THE Conservatives have gained a seat on Wyre Forest District Council following a by-election.

Ben Brookes was elected district councillor for the Franche and Habberley North ward after voters went to the polls on Thursday (June 16). 

The vacant seat was made available after Health Concern councillor Anna L’Huillier stood down from the role. 

Councillor Brookes received 826 votes, with Labour candidate Kate Sewell receiving 656, and Lib Dem candidate Oliver Walker receiving 347. 

The newly-elected councillor said: "I’m delighted to have been elected to represent the residents of Franche & Habberley North. 

"Thank you to all who voted and have put their trust in me. 

"A big well done must also go to the two other candidates for their well fought campaigns".

Voter turnout in Franche & Habberley North by-election was 24.5 per cent. Turnout was 68.8 per cent for postal voters and 14.9 per cent for voters in person.