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Conservative Josie Iles wins Strood South by-election after resignation of Ukip's Catriona Brown-Reckless

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It's a win for the Conservatives in the Strood South by-election, but the turnout was just 16.74%.

Josie Iles, who represented the ward until last year, took back the seat for the Tory party from Ukip with 724 votes.

The by-election was called following the resignation of Ukip's Catriona Brown-Reckless, the wife of former Rochester and Strood MP Mark Reckless, after serving just over a year of her four-year term.

Conservative Josie Iles
Conservative Josie Iles

Mrs Iles won by 203 votes ahead of Labour's Isaac Igwe who secured 521 votes.

Just 1,884 people went to the polls yesterday. There are 11,254 registered voters in the ward.

The other two councillors in the ward are Mark Joy (Ind) and John Avey (Con).

Strood South by-election results;

Josie Iles (Con) - 724

Isaac Igwe (Lab) - 521

Karl Weller (Ukip) - 480

Steve Dyke (Green) - 74

Isabelle Cherry (Lib Dem) - 62

Mike Russell (English Democrats) - 23

Mrs Iles, a former mayor of Medway, has lived in the area since 1986.

She worked for an investment and asset management company in London until 2009. She is now chairman of St Francis Pre-School Committee and treasurer for The Friends of Medway Archives.

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