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Labour holds Dudley Council seat in by-election

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Labour have held a seat on Dudley Council in a by-election with more than 60 percent of the vote.

NHS biomedical scientist Shaneila Mughal was elected for the St Thomas's ward after receiving 1,466 voted.

UKIP's Phil Wimlet taking second place with 653.

Conservative candidate Jonathan Elliot took 249 votes, and the Green party's Francis Sheppard 52.

The turnout was 23.5 percent.

The seat was being contested following the resignation of former councillor Glenis Simms in December.

Councillor Mughal joins fellow Labour ward councillors Shaukat Ali and Steve Waltho.

Shaneila Mughal was born in the borough and lives in the ward with her husband and three children.

She studied at Kate's Hill Primary School, Castle High School and Dudley College, and now works for the NHS as a specialist biomedical scientist.

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Newly-elected Councillor Shaneila Mughal said: "I want to thank everyone who helped in the election, but most of all I want to thank the people of St Thomas's ward for placing their trust in me and I will work as hard as I can to repay them.

"It is a great privilege to be elected to serve the people and the community I was brought up in and am now bringing up my family in and I'll be working hard to listen to local people and act on their concerns, tackling the litter and fly-tipping, campaigning to get sites redeveloped and help those out of work get jobs."

Councillor Waltho said: "I am absolutely delighted with the result. She is a local girl who is very invested in the local community. She is the perfect fit."

Dudley North MP Ian Austin added: "Shaneila will be a brilliant addition to the Labour team in St Thomas's and will make an outstanding councillor.

"This result shows what you can do when you have a great candidate who listens to local people and comes up with answers to the things they are concerned about."

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