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Tories hold seat in county council by-election

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The Conservatives held the Cumbria County Council seat of Greystoke and Hesket in yesterday's by-election.

Tom Wentworth Waites has been elected county councillor to replace Bert Richardson who retired on health grounds.

The results of the by-election were: DERBYSHIRE, Judith Margaret: Liberal Democrat Party - 518.

WENTWORTH WAITES, Thomas William: Conservative Party - 635.

Turnout was 32 per cent.

The political make-up of Cumbria County Council's 84 elected members is now as follows:

Labour: 36 Conservative: 26 Liberal Democrat: 15 Independent/Non-aligned: 5 West Cumbrian Independents: 2

New Lib Dem leader to be announced today

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Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron will find out today if he is to be the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The leadership ballot closes at 2pm and the result is expected to be announced on Twitter between 4pm and 5pm. The contest is a two-horse race between Mr Farron and Norman Lamb.

Mr Farron, who has been MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale since 2005, is running to replace former leader Nick Clegg who stepped down in the wake of this year's General Election which saw the Liberal Democrats reduced from 56 to just eight seats.

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