Labour wins by-election for Luton Borough Council seat

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Labour has held one of its seats on Luton Borough Council, after winning a by-election last night.

Maawish Mirza picked up 505 votes (39.6%) to become a new councillor for Hightown.

Lyn Bliss (Green) came second with 273 votes (21.4%), while Clive Mead came third with 181 votes (14.2%)

The total turnout was 22.49%

Ex-councillor Aysegul Gurbuz resigned from the Hightown seat on April 11 after anti-Semitic posts were discovered on her Twitter account.

Posts uncovered by the Campaign Against Antisemitism showed Miss Gurbuz, 20, claiming that Hitler was the “greatest man on earth” and that without the Holocaust “these Jews would’ve wiped Palestine years ago”.

Miss Gurbuz was suspended by Labour and later left the party.

Both LBC leader Hazel Simmons and deputy leader Sian Timoney declined to comment on the tweets when approaced by the Luton News in April.

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Bliss, Lyn - Green Party 273 votes (21.4%)

French, John Rodney – Independent 102 votes (8%)

Froggatt, Grace Elizabeth - UK Independence Party 69 votes (5.4%)

Garrett, Sue - Conservative Party 141 votes (11%)

Mead, Clive Richard - Liberal Democrats 181 votes (14.2%)

Mirza, Maahwish - Labour Party 505 votes (39.6%)