Tories win Southend West by election

Anna Firth has become the new MP for Southend West after a by election prompted by the death of Sir David Amess.

Ms Firth won with a majority of 12,792 in a turnout of just 24 per cent, one of the lowest since the Second World War.

As a mark of respect to Sir David, who died after being stabbed at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in October last year, Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens chose not to contest the seat.

However, the number of spoilt ballots at 1,084 was the second highest score in the election.

Jason Pilley of the Psychedelic Movement officially came second with 512 votes and Steve Laws of UKIP was third with 400.

In her speech immediately following the result announcement, Ms Firth paid tribute to Sir David, who had represented Southend West since 1997 and been in Parliament since 1983.

She said: “He was a friend to all and had a huge impact on everyone who lives here.”


Mick Ferris

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