Labour have gained their first ever councillor in the City of London.
Revd William Campbell-Taylor won the Portsoken by-election held yesterday, with 36.8% of the vote, becoming the only member of the City of London Corporation's Common Council to be officially elected on a party platform. Some of the "independent" councillors are known to be activists from a number of parties, but most generally avoid standing under a party label as it has never brought success to any candidates before now.
The Common Council is made up of 100 members elected by 25 wards, and is something of an electoral anachronism with votes still given to businesses as well as residents, although Portsoken is one of the City's four predominantly residential wards. A further by-election in the City of London will take place next Tuesday is the predominantly business Cheap ward, though Labour don't have a candidate in that contest.
In tonight's other results, the Conservatives have held Gamston and gained Cellarhead from the Staffordshire Independents. We are still waiting for results from Wroxham and Bideford East.