Labour candidate claims by-election win

Coun Maggie Skilling
Coun Maggie Skilling

WIGAN’S ruling Labour Party has re-claimed the Douglas ward seat vacated by former mayor Joy Birch.

Maggie Skilling won Thursday’s by-election with 874 votes. UKIP’s Derek Wilkes finished second with 452.

Turnout was 14.5 per cent.

The seat was a five-way contest between Conservative, Labour, Green, UKIP and Community Action Party candidates.

Ms Birch stood down from the council chamber last month having moved to Northern Ireland.

For full reaction to the poll result see tomorrow’s Evening Post (Saturday).