The Labour Party has retained a council seat in a by-election called following the death of a long-serving councillor.
Grandfather of one and retired welder Clem Baugh will now serve the Coseley East ward on Dudley Council following the vote yesterday.
The 71-year-old said he has ‘big boots to fill’ as he takes over from George Davies, who died aged 75 earlier this year after serving the ward for more than 30 years.
Councillor Baugh won the election with 1,053 of the 1,896 votes. UKIP candidate Star Etheridge came second with 478 votes.
Accepting his victory, Councillor Baugh, from Dimmocks Avenue, Coseley, said: “I know I’ve got big boots to fill, but I will do my utmost to do so, along with my two colleagues.”