Two years of complete Tory control of Mid Sussex District Council has come to an end with a Lib Dem by-election victory.
Back in May 2015 the Conservatives won all 54 seats on the council.
But both Tory councillors for Hassocks, Kevin Burke and Peter Martin, resigned earlier this year triggering by-elections.
Conservative Michelle Binks and Lib Dem Susan Hatton have been elected on a turnout of 79.3 per cent, with polling held yesterday (Thursday June 8).
Michelle Binks (Conservative Party) 2023 votes – Elected
Susan Margaret Hatton (Liberal Democrat Party) 1931 votes – Elected
Jessica Edwards (Conservative Party) 1835 votes
Gemma Jane Stockford (Liberal Democrat Party) 1536 votes
William Matthews (Labour Party) 1042 votes
Harry William Mitchell Young (Labour Party) 812 votes
Vivienne Alloy (Green Party) 512 votes.
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