Conservatives win Oxshott and Stoke d'Abernon by-election

The by-election in Oxshott and Stoke d'Abernon has been won by Conservative candidate David Lewis.

David, who has lived in the ward for 30 years with his wife Mary, a Conservative County Councillor, received an impressive 72% of the vote, polling 1,297 - nearly three times as much as his Liberal Democrat challenger, on 463 votes.

The election, on Thursday 12 July, was held to find a successor to James Vickers, the local Conservative councillor of 26 years, who stepped down for personal reasons.

David said: "I am absolutely delighted by the result and I am looking forward to representing ALL residents in Oxshott, Stoke d’Abernon and Cobham Fairmile, working closely with my fellow ward councillors, Andrew Burley and Oliver Chappell. I will focus on delivering my manifesto's six point plan: protecting the Green belt, speaking up for residents on issues such as planning whilst ensuring decisions are fair and policy compliant. I want to see the Blundel Lane Railway Bridge improved and tackle traffic issues on the A244 and A245 - there is a lot to do and I can't wait to get started."

As a retired executive and a former Chairman of the Esher & Walton constituency association, David will bring considerable experience to the role of councillor and will be a great addition to the Conservative team.

Overall it is has been a successful year for the Conservatives in Elmbridge. In May we won 10 of the 16 seats, including 4 from residents association parties, allowing us to regain control of the council.

David Lewis and his team would like to thank all voters of Oxshott and Stoke d'Abernon ward for their support.