Conservatives win Sleaford by-election

Conservative Caroline Johnson has won the Seaford and North Hykeham by-election.

Labour finished fourth behind UKIP and the Lib Dems. The conservatives held the seat, after former MP Stephen Phillips quit, citing “irreconcilable policy differences” with the government.

The Lincolnshire seat is in an area which heavily voted to leave the EU.

The turnout for the by-election was 37.1% according to North Kesteven District Council, down from 70.2% at the general election last year.

UKIP really tried to hammer home the fact that Brexit is a key issue in this constituency with their social media presence.

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