Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 24 January 2022
HINCKLEY and Bosworth’s Liberal Democrats have celebrated Russell Turner’s win in the recent Lash Hill by-election.
The Burbage-based by-election was held four days ago (Thursday 20 January), to determine who would become the latest Lash Hill ward parish councillor.
Villagers had the chance to either vote for Tory Party candidate Mark Thomas, or Lib Dem candidate, Russell Turner.
Turner managed to win, successfully securing 57 per cent of the votes.
The seat had previously been held by an independent ward councillor, who cited ‘personal reasons’ as the reason for stepping down from the role.
In a statement issued to the Free Press, Turner thanked all who had voted for him.
He further added: “As a long term resident of the village it’s a great honour to be able to work for and serve the people of Burbage.“
Coun. Michael Mullaney (Lib Dem, Hinckley De Montfort Ward), took to Twitter congratulating Russell, and revealing the voting results.
Councillor Mullaney revealed that Turner had secured 433 votes, whilst the rivalling Conservative candidate had only won 323 votes – a difference of 110 votes.
In a post shared on social media sharing site Facebook, the Tory candidate, Mark Thomas, congratulated the Liberal Democrats and Russell Turner on the victory.
He further added that the result gave him encouragement to run for the May 2023 borough council elections for the Burbage St. Catherines and Lash Hill ward.