THE Liberal Democrats were victorious after a tense Cotswold District Council by-election this week.

Business consultant and charity co-founder Tristan Wilkinson was announced as CDC's new representative for the Lechlade, Kempsford and Fairford South ward after a busy evening of counting on Thursday, December 14.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Clare Muir last month. 

Mr Wilkinson, who has worked with the Number 10 policy unit under three Prime Ministers, beat the other candidates - Stephen Andrews (Conservative), Anna Mainwaring (Labour) and Marshall Regan (Independent) - with a majority of 81.

The final result was Liberal Democrat 705, Conservative 624, Labour 73 and Independent 53.

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Reacting on his win, the newly appointed councillor said: “It is an absolute honour to have been chosen to represent the community where I’ve lived, worked and raised my family for nearly two decades. 

"In the campaign I spoke to hundreds of residents and have seen how passionate people are about their communities and improving their area.

"I look forward to being a voice for residents in the council chamber and delivering on their priorities in 2024 and beyond.” 
Cllr Joe Harris, leader of CDC, added: “I am thrilled to welcome Tristan Wilkinson to the council. 

"He’ll be a brilliant advocate for the people of Lechlade, Fairford and Kempsford. 

"This area used to be a heartland for the Conservatives but it’s clear that their time is running out and people are desperate for change."