THE Liberal Democrats have been celebrating after a landslide by-election win. 

Nick Dye was announced as Wiltshire Council's new representative for the Cricklade and Latton ward after a busy evening of counting on Thursday, March 14.

The by-election was triggered by the sudden death of Cllr Bob Jones, who was first elected in 2013 and held the position for more than 10 years.

Mr Dye beat candidates Jowett Lawrence (Conservative), Barnes Francis (Labour) and Marie Anna (Green) by gaining 76 per cent of votes.

The final result was Liberal Democrats 1,030, Conservative 253, Labour 45 and Green 27.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Nick DyeNick Dye (Image: Wiltshire Council)

Reacting on his win, the newly appointed councillor said: "The shocking death of my good friend Bob Jones triggered this election.

"I am humbled that local people have put their faith in me to carry on Bob's good work.

"I will work hard and do my best for everyone."

Cricklade and Latton will be included in the new South Cotswolds constituency and Dr Roz Savage, Liberal Democrats' candidate for the new seat, was delighted by Thursday's result.

Dr Savage said: "This is a very big win for the Lib Dems. 

"It follows another recent victory over the Conservatives in the new South Cotswolds constituency. 

"We were delighted to also win Lechlade, Kempsford and Fairford South, taking over half the vote in an area that less than six months previously had been safe for the Conservatives for years."