LABOUR held its seat in the Kingstone ward by-election.

Joanne Murray has been elected as ward councillor for the area, with 57 per cent of the vote in Thursday's election, triggered by the resignation of Donna Green last month.

There were two rejected votes and the turnout was 16.1 per cent (1,269 voters). The electorate for the Kingstone ward is 7,862.

The share of the vote for other candidates is as follows: John Ellis-Mourant, Lib Dem, 19.5 per cent; Lee Ogden, Conservative, nine per cent; Chris Scarfe, Green Party, seven per cent; Christopher Houston, BNP, six per cent; Trevor Smith, Demos Direct Initiative, two per cent.