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Lib Dems hang onto Town Hall seat in Kentish Town by-election

PUBLISHED: 10:10 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:33 07 September 2010

THE Lib Dems have clung onto their Town Hall seat in Kentish Town and are celebrating another victory, with their candidate winning last night s by-election in the ward.. Nick Russell came home with a narrow margin - just 76 votes - over his nearest rival

THE Lib Dems have clung onto their Town Hall seat in Kentish Town and are celebrating another victory, with their candidate winning last night's by-election in the ward..

Nick Russell came home with a narrow margin - just 76 votes - over his nearest rival Awale Olad of the Labour party.

In third place was the Green party's Victoria Green, while the Conservatives lagged into fourth place ahead of the BNP and UK Independence Party.

It is the second time the Lib Dems have won a by-election within a month, with Linda Chung the new councillor for nearby Hampstead.

The Kentish Town by-election was forced after it emerged former Lib Dem councillor Philip Thompson was representing his constituents while 5,500 miles away on a PhD course in Tucson, Arizona.

For more reaction to the news, see next Thursday's Ham&High.

The results in full:

Nick Russell (Lib Dems) - 939 votes

Awale Olad (Labour) - 863 votes

Victoria Green (Green) - 518 votes

Peter Horne (Tory) - 171

Edith Crowther (BNP) - 62 votes

Magnus Nielson (UKIP) - 21 votes

Voter turnout was 28.7 per cent

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