NHDC Labour leader loses seat

Labour Leader Martin Stears-Handscomb has lost his seat on North Herts District Council. Lisa Courts of the Liberal Democrats triumphed in the Hitchin Bearton Ward, following a tight three-way battle. Mrs Courts emerged victorious following a recount as

Labour Leader Martin Stears-Handscomb has lost his seat on North Herts District Council.

Lisa Courts of the Liberal Democrats triumphed in the Hitchin Bearton Ward, following a tight three-way battle.

Mrs Courts emerged victorious following a recount as she edged the Conservative candidate Stephen Parker by just five votes.

Mr Stears-Handscomb finished third trailing the Lib Dem candidate by 199 votes.

The full result was: Lib Dem 1,337, Conservative 1,332, Labour 1,138 and Green (Jerome Green) 321.

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