Fourth-placed Tory in St James by-election vows to “learn lessons from finishing last”

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The losing Conservative candidate in a Northampton by-election has said the administration will learn lessons from his last-place finish.

Andrew Killbride, who came fourth in St James, behind candidates from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP, said: “By-elections always produce strange results and we know that turnout was disappointingly low.

“The Conservatives have not held this seat on the Borough Council in over twenty years but we take all elections seriously.

“We will now reflect on last night’s results and listen to the issues raised with us by the public during the campaign.”

Rufia Ashraf, of Warren Road, received 307 votes to win the seat which was previously held by former leader of the Labour group, Councillor Terry Wire, who died after a long battle against cancer in May.

Jill Hope came second for the Lib Dems, with 262 votes, and UKIP’s John Howsam in third place with 201 votes.

In fourth place was Andrew Kilbride, who was representing the Conservative administration on the borough council, who recorded 198 votes.

The turnout was 29.93 percent.