Conservatives win Hyde Park by-election as Lib Dems pushed into 4th place

The Conservative Party has held the Hyde Park by-election seat with a substantial win over nearest rivals Labour.

Conservative Antonia Cox won 1,448 votes, beating nearest rival Labour candidate Jack Gordon who had 563 votes.

The Green Party beat the Liberal Democrats into third place.

Green candidate Mark Cridge received 182 votes to Lib Dem candidate Martin Thompson’s 178.

The Hyde Park by-election was triggered when former leader of Westminster Council, Cllr Colin Barrow, announced he was standing down as a councillor in March.

The announcement followed his decision to step down as council leader in January, which came after months of controversy over proposed West End parking charges.

Cllr Barrow has represented Hyde Park ward since 2002.

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The Conservatives have enjoyed a stronghold over the ward during that time with three Tory councillors representing the ward.

While the Conservatives received 68 per cent of the Hyde Park vote in the 2006 local election, their margin of victory was slightly decreased in the area in 2010 when they received just less than 64 per cent.

2012 by-election results:

Antonia Cox - Conservative: 1,448 (57.8%)

Jack Gordon - Labour: 563 (22.5%)

Mark Cridge - Green: 182 (7.3%)

Martin Thompson - Liberal Democrats: 178 (7.1%)

Earl of Bradford Richard Bridgeman - UKIP: 96 (3.8%)

Abdulla Dharamsey - Independent: 40 (1.5%)

Turnout: 33.5 %